Police are now investigating whether 2Day FM committed any Commonwealth or state offences by broadcasting the infamous royal prank call.
The latest instalment in the saga comes after UK Metropolitan police asked Australian Federal Police (AFP) and New South Wales police to investigate the stunt.
A police spokesperson confirmed the authorities received the referral yesterday, July 10 2013.
“The AFP will evaluate the referral as per the AFP’s usual process to determine if any Commonwealth Offences are identified,” the spokesperson told B&T.
“NSW police will evaluate the referral to determine if any state offences are identified.
“The AFP and New South Wales Police will be making no further comment in relation to this matter while the evaluation process is ongoing.”
2Day FM’s owner, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), declined to comment.
Media lawyers have previously told B&T the station may have breached NSW Surveillance Devices Act and NSW Listening Devices Act.
The referral comes as Mel Greig, one of the DJs involved in the call, takes legal action against 2Day FM for “failing to provide a safe workplace”.
In a statement sent to B&T, Greig’s lawyer Steven Lewis from Slater & Gordon, said: “I can confirm that a general protections application has been filed with Fair Work Australia on behalf of Mel Greig against Southern Cross Austereo. The application alleges Southern Cross Austereo failed to maintain a safe workplace. The matter will proceed to confidential conciliation under the Fair Work Act. Ms Greig continues to be employed by Southern Cross Austereo. Ms Greig will not be making any comments on this matter.”
A court battle between SCA and the media watchdog is also impending. SCA and the Australian Media and Communications Authority (ACMA) will be in Federal Court on September 19.
The royal prank call occurred in December last year when Greig and presenter Michael Christian called a London hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge for acute morning sickness. The duo tricked nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who later committed suicide, to transfer their call through to a nurse who revealed details about Kate Middleton’s health.
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