Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) is facing a huge crisis after the nurse who fielded a prank call from a pair of 2DayFM presenters posing as the Queen apparently took her own life.
Presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian (MC) have been taken off air until further notice following the death of nurse Jacintha Saidanha, who transferred the call to a colleague who then revealed personal details of the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy when the pair called her last week.
Yesterday the mother-of-two was found dead at her nurses' home yards from the luxurious King Edward VII Hospital in London, where Kate is being treated for severe morning sickness after announcing her pregnancy.
The station, no stranger to controversy, now faces perhaps its largest public relations disaster to date, with thousands of comments accusing the station of negligence on social networks Twitter and Facebook. Both presenters have suspended their Twitter accounts.
Some are already calling for advertiser boycotts of the station, after similar action against 2DayFM previously, and most recently against 2GBs Alan Jones, and a Change.org petition calling for the sacking of the presenters has already attracted nearly 4,000 signatures.
Regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority has said it will not comment at the moment on the news, but will "engage with the licensee" around the prank call, which SC says was vetted by lawyers before being aired.
In a statement today the company said: “SCA and 2Day FM are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha from King Edward VII’s Hospital and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family and all that have been affected by this situation around the world.
“Chief Executive Officer Rhys Holleran has spoken with the presenters, they are both deeply shocked and at this time we have agreed that they not comment about the circumstances. SCA and the hosts have decided that they will not return to their radio show until further notice out of respect for what can only be described as a tragedy.”
Some are calling for criminal charges against the pair, who violated laws by impersonating someone in order to get information.
SCA has previously felt backlash after Kyle Sandilands and co-host Jackie O caused outrage, most recently by calling a News Limited journalist a “piece of shit” after an unfavourable review of a Sandilands show.
Following that ACMA posed licence conditions on the station.
Please login with linkedin to comment
Verizon Media’s talent program has come to an end for the third year, closing with a hybrid pitch-off event for Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD). The Verizon Media Academy class of 2021, made up of 44 emerging leaders from across Australia and New Zealand media, advertising and marketing industry, were given just one hour to […]
Social purpose organisation UnLtd’s Big Games competition has raised a combined $85,000 for children and young people at risk. Running over five weeks, the competition involved 32 teams from across the advertising, marketing and media industries battling it out virtually for a chance to qualify for the Rocket League final. The tournament culminated in a […]
Stan has announced that the Stan Original Film Transfusion commenced filming in Sydney earlier this week and will premiere on Stan in 2022. Transfusion is a taut, muscular thriller starring Sam Worthington (Avatar) as Ryan Logan, a former Special Forces operative, who is battling to cope with life after the loss of his wife and is thrust […]
According to a decade of data collected by iStock, Australian brands turned to imagery depicting outdated gender stereotypes during the pandemic. Tracking the keyword ‘women’, iStock by Getty Images found that in 2020, ANZ brands and businesses reverted to gender stereotypes. Images of mothers home-schooling were used at almost twice the rate of images of […]
Schwartz Media is congratulating Maddison Connaughton on her three years as editor of The Saturday Paper. Connaughton has decided to finish up her editorship this month. “It’s been an honour to edit the paper,” Connaughton said. “The Saturday Paper is one of the brightest voices in Australian media and I have been happy to see […]
Research from EdBbirdie using Spotify data has identified the most popular songs to study to. After analysing thousands of studying and homework playlists on Spotify, American singer Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘drivers license’ came out as top song to study to. It featured on 48 study playlists, while other top songs included ‘Ophelia’ by The Lumineers, ‘Falling’ […]
Dayna Stewart is the Business Director – Digital Marketing, Media & Creative Services at The Nudge Group. Here, she discusses the challenges that come with building a successful marketing team when working remotely. Before COVID-19 changed the way businesses work, most marketing teams spent their days together in a meeting room collaborating on the next […]
The line-up for the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival has been announced as the legendary event returns live in Las Vegas in September. This year, the epic two-day lineup for the iHeartRadio Music Festival main stage will feature performances by Billie Eilish, Cheap Trick, Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Florida Georgia Line, Journey, Khalid, Lil Baby, Maroon 5, Nelly, […]
Shop! ANZ is calling on shopper and retail marketing professionals from all retail related disciplines to participate in the first ANZ Shopper and Retail Marketing Industry Survey in four years. This important research provides a guide of where the retail marketing industry in Australia and New Zealand has come from and what is anticipated to […]