Hoax station punished
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.