Hoax sta­tion pun­ished

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

SYD­NEY ra­dio sta­tion 2Day FM will broad­cast a three- hour pro­gram de­signed to raise public aware­ness of the signs and risks of bul­ly­ing and de­pres­sion, as a pun­ish­ment for their royal prank call.

The media watchdog ACMA an­nounced yesterday the sta­tion ei­ther will not air ads dur­ing the show or else must do­nate the pro­ceeds to char­ity.

The ACMA has ac­cepted an un­der­tak­ing the sta­tion will re­quire all pre­sen­ters, pro­duc­tion and man­age­ment staff to un­dergo a train­ing pro­gram on their eth­i­cal and le­gal obli­ga­tions.

The sta­tion’s hosts made a hoax call in De­cem­ber 2012 to the Lon­don hos­pi­tal where the Duchess of Cam­bridge was be­ing treated for morn­ing sick­ness.

Shortly af­ter a nurse who had han­dled the call, with­out know­ing she was in­volved in a prank, com­mit­ted sui­cide.

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