Radio station to donate over £320,000

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Rys Holleran, CEO of Southern Cross Austereo, parent company of 2Day FM. Photo: © Joe Castro/EPA/Corbis

Australian radio station to donate over £320,000 to nurse’s family (£32,000 donation).The Australian radio station behind the phone call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated has pledged over £320,000 to the family of the nurse who took her own life over the incident.

Mel Greig, one of the 2Day FM DJs involved in the stunt, has also said during a recent television interview that she is considering attending the inquest in London to help bring closure to the bereaved family.

Jacintha Saldanha was on reception when Greig and fellow DJ Michael Christian carried out an on-air joke call to London’s King Edward VII’s Hospital, pretending to be the Queen and the Prince of Wales. Saldanha fielded the call to one of the Duchess’ nurses who then proceeded to disclose confidential information about the royal’s condition.

However after the masses voiced their opinion that this was far from appropriate, Saldanha reportedly passed away in her flat and was found there several days later.

Her husband Benedict Barboza, son Junal, 16 and daughter Lisha, 14 appeared before Parliament on 10 December. Their MP Keith Vaz told the media: “They are extremely grateful to the public of the UK and throughout the world who have sent messages and support following the [passing] of Jacintha, a loving mother and a loving wife.”

In the aftermath of the nurse’s [passing], the radio station eschewed all advertising and Greig and Christian’s show has been pulled from air. The two DJs have since resigned.

Speaking out for the first time on Australia’s Today Tonight programme on Channel 7, the pair told reporter Clare Brady that the joke ‘was [far from] meant to go that far’ and that they expected to be ‘hung up on’ instead.

In a statement released to the media, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), the parent company of 2DAY FM, revealed that all profits from newly resumed advertising would go to Saldanha’s family until the end of the year.

‘All profits from advertising on 2Day FM until the end of the year will be donated to an appropriate fund that will directly benefit the family of Jacintha Saldanha,’ it said.

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