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Australian radio station sparks row over hoax call

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The company which owns the Australian radio station, 2Day FM is at the centre of growing anger after the hoax call to a London hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge.

The alleged suicide of the nurse who took the initial call from the two radio presenters has sparked a row over the role of the broadcaster.

The chief executive of the company has reportedly stopped short of dismissing the presenters amidst reports they have been offered counselling.

“I have spoken with the presenters concerned, they are both deeply shocked and at this time we have agreed that they do not comment about the circumstances. Southern Cross Austereo and the hosts have mutually decided that their show will not return until further notice out of respect for that can only be described as a, “tragedy”, said Rhys Holleran, CEO of Southern Cross Austereo.

It’s believed the call to the hospital last Tuesday had been recorded and was cleared by the radio’s lawyers before being broadcast. Mr. Holleran said he did not think any law had been broken.

The Australian media regulator is set to hold talks with 2Day FM.