The two Australian DJs who made a hoax call to the King Edward VII Hospital where Kate Middleton was being treated have spoken about their sadness at the subsequent suicide of nurse Jacintha Saldanha.
Mel Grieg and Michael Christian wept on Australian TV as they said they were “gutted and heartbroken” by Miss Saldanha’s death, three days after she received a call from the two impersonating Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles asking about the well-being of the Duchess of Cambridge. Miss Saldanha told them details of Kate Middleton’s condition, which then became the subject of media attention around the world.
Members of the British public have expressed shock over the incident. Here this this couple contrasting views over who was to blame for the terribly tragedy.
"I think it's terribly sad, and it's awful that her privacy was invaded by the journalists from Australia, and I hope that severe action is taken against the journalists, and the broadcasting company which broadcast the interview."
"But I do feel a little sorry for the journalists in Australia, because they didn't mean it in a bad way, and I'm sure they probably feel very bad about it now. But I think the editorial management team probably need to take a stance on how they handle it going forward so that it doesn't happen again."
Rhys Holleran, The chief executive of the Austerio Radio network, that owns 2Day FM, has said that they tried to contact the hospital before airing the prank call.
"It is absolutely true to say that we did attempt to contact those people on multiple occasions."
The Metropolitan Police may now question the two DJs over the incident.
Written and presented by Alfred Joyner