Royal hoax pranksters off air for good

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11:12am January 28, 2013
December 10, 2012: The radio hosts at the centre of the royal phone call prank that sparked worldwide outrage, speak with Tracy Grimshaw tonight on ACA.

Radio hosts Michael Christian and Mel Greig have been dumped by Southern Cross Austereo after their royal prank which went horribly wrong.

Austereo made the announcement on the show's Facebook page on Sunday, directing followers of Christian and Greig's 'Hot 30' show to a page for the show's replacement, called 'The Bump'.

The Hot 30 was taken off air after nurse Jacinta Saldanha took her own life in December, following a furore over the on-air prank by Christian and Greig.

The pair called the London hospital where Prince William's pregnant wife Catherine was being treated for morning sickness and were put through to her ward by Ms Saldanha, who apparently took her own life when the hoax was widely publicised in the British media.

But Hot 30 producers Ben Harlum and Emily Mills, who were also involved in the prank, have apparently escaped the axe, tweeting about their involvement in the new show.

The new show will air across Australia on Monday and will be hosted by fill-in presenter Angus O'Loughlin.

December 06, 2012: Two Australian radio presenters are being slammed by the British press for making a prank call to the London hospital where Kate Middleton is being treated.

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December 10, 2012: Southern Cross Austereo CEO Rhys Holleran has released a statement in which he says the apparent suicide of a London nurse after a 2day FM prank was tragic and unforeseeable.
December 08, 2012: Southern Cross Austereo CEO Rhys Holleran has expressed his condolences to the family of a UK nurse who reportedly committed suicide after she was duped by two 2Day FM presenters impersonating Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.
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