Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Dickhead DJ To Appear At Inquest

Mel Greig, one of the pillick Aussie DJs behind a prank call to a hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge, is to appear at the upcoming inquest into the death of UK nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who took her life after the call went to air.
...and YES, she IS blonde!
Grieg was working for 2Day FM Sydney at the time. Her lawyers say: "Ms Saldanha's suicide was a devastating tragedy and Ms Greig's thoughts have been with the family ever since." Hmmm...sure.
Greig decided to appear at the inquest after it came to light that in one of three (!!!) suicide notes, Saldanha directly blamed Greig and her colleague Michael Christian for her death - and asked her bosses to make them pay her mortgage! In the note, she clears the hospital of any blame: "Please accept my apologies. I am truly sorry. Thank you for all your support. I hold the Radio Australians Mel Greig and Michael Christian responsible for this act. Please make them pay my mortgage. I am sorry. Jacintha."
Dec.2012: Saldanha was on the hospital switchboard when the DJs, impersonating the Queen and Prince Charles, were transferred by her to the Duchess of Cambridge's ward. A second nurse then told the DJs that the duchess, in the early stages of pregnancy, was suffering from acute morning sickness. The call was recorded and broadcast by the station later, received global media attention, and days later Jacintha's body was discovered.
As I wrote at the time, it was a pathetic attempt at humour which backfired terribly, BUT...even though these embarrassing excuses for broadcasters were responsible for the call, they were not responsible for the end result. No-one in their right mind kills themselves over a radio prank. And that's the crux of it all: was Jacintha Saldanha "in her right mind" at the time? 
Oh, and BTW, has anyone checked the handwriting on that note (coz it sounds like a very neatly tied-off loose end to me...).

No comments: