Southern Cross Austereo, the company that owns the show responsible for the Kate Middleton Prank call that resulted in a suicide, announced today that it was cancelling 2Day FM’s Hot 30 Show. The company also said that it was putting a hold on all advertising and was issuing a company-wide suspension on prank calls.
SCA states in a press release that it is conducting an internal review of company policies related to the prank call incident. The company said that it had “deep regret” for the events that transpired after the prank call but said that it does not believe that the segment broke any legal regulations.
The radio station may face a police probe and SCA said that it will do anything it can to cooperate with the investigation.
“The Company does not consider that the broadcast of the segment has breached any relevant law, regulation or code. The Company will fully cooperate with any investigations. SCA is committed to upholding rigorous processes and broadcasting standards. The business is conducting a comprehensive review of company policies and processes.”
DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig went into hiding for a few days after the incident but recently gave an interview saying that they were devastated to learn that Jacintha Saldanha committed suicide.
SCA Chief Executive Officer Rhys Holleran also expressed regret, saying:
“First and foremost we would like to express our deep and sincere condolences to the family of Jacintha Saldanha for their loss. We are very sorry for what has happened. As a leading commercial radio broadcaster, we must ensure that our internal processes and protocols are robust. We don’t claim to be perfect and we always strive to do better. We have initiated a detailed and rigorous review of our policies and procedures to inform any improvements we can make. We are also providing support to our people who are deeply saddened by this tragic and unforseen event.”
The radio station has cancelled 2FM’s Hot 30 Show but they haven’t fired DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig. The company did say, however, that Christian and Greig would remain off the air until further notice.