Monday, December 9, 2013

He Who Laughs Last...

One of the Ozzie dickhead DJs linked to a suicide following a prank phone call has fallen on her sword.
Radio host Mel Greig filed a claim last July against Southern Cross Austereo, accusing her employer of failing to maintain a safe workplace. WTF??!! The highly dubious claim followed a media storm over a prank phone call that linked Greig and colleague Michael Christian to the death of a British woman...
[Dec.2012: these two wastes-of-airspace made a prank call to a London hospital, where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for severe morning sickness. Grieg pretended to be the Queen and Christian posed as Prince Charles. They were put through to the Duchess' ward by nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who later took her own life after the hoax was widely publicised in the UK media.]
In a statement last week, Southern Cross Austereo said the dispute arising from the royal hoax had been "amicably resolved" and Greig had resigned, effective 31 December.
The company reiterated its position that recording and broadcasting the fateful call was not unlawful, and is now saying that 2Day FM decided the call should be broadcast without alteration - despite Greig supposedly having reservations after the call had been recorded! It also said Greig intends to provide a statement to the UK coroner's inquest and Southern Cross Austereo would cooperate fully. Riiiiigghhtt!
+ This sort of prank call is BARELY entertainment at the best of times.
+ The subject of this call could hardly have been regarded as 'the best of times'.
+ That two supposedly professional broadcasters willingly entered into it, puts their credibility into the crapper.
+ And that 2Day FM seems to have taken full responsibility for the broadcast raises culpability questions which the UK coroner may well have a field day with.
Meantime, Mel Greig is out (and Michael Christian should be too).
The joke's not so funny now, is it, ya tossers!

UPDATE: 27 January 2016 - Mel Greig's back on-air...and just wants to 'move on'! Yea. Right. Neither of these embarrassments should EVER have been allowed behind a mic again!!!

1 comment:

Liz Clark said...

Just one word to say for their stupidity #FAIL