Jacintha Saldanha. REUTERS/Metropolitan Police/Handout
An Australian radio station under fire over a prank call
to a hospital treating Prince William's pregnant wife Kate says
it will review its procedures after a nurse's apparent suicide.
New South Wales Police said they were in contact with
London's police force and were ready to assist in any
investigation, as the incident sparked fresh soul-searching
over the behaviour of the media.
Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found dead in staff accommodation
near London's King Edward VII hospital on Friday after
putting the hoax call through to a colleague who unwittingly
disclosed details of Kate's morning sickness to 2DayFM's
A recording of the call, broadcast repeatedly by the station,
rapidly became an internet hit and was reprinted as a
transcript in many newspapers.
Public amusement at the prank turned to disgust after news of
Saldanha's death swept around the globe. The station's owners
pulled presenters Michael Christian and Mel Greig off the air
as leading companies cancelled advertising.
The station's parent company, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) ,
said it would fully cooperate in any investigations in a
letter to the head of the King Edward hospital.
"I can assure you we are taking immediate action and
reviewing the broadcast and processes involved," SCA chairman
Max Moore-Wilton said.
"We are all saddened by the events of the last few days. They
are truly tragic... The outcome was unforseeable and very
regrettable," he added.
The station's presenters have come under attack from around
the world on social media sites and were "extremely
distressed", an SCA spokeswoman said.
Both were keen to speak publicly about the incident, but were
in too fragile a condition to do so, the spokeswoman added.
The hospital's chairman Lord Glenarthur had described their
actions as "appalling" in a letter to SCA on Saturday.
Saldanha, married with two children, was originally from
India and came to Britain around 10 years ago.
Her husband's family in the southern Indian state of
Karnataka said she had spoken regularly to them but neither
she or her husband had mentioned the hoax call, they told
Britain's Observer newspaper.
A post mortem into the cause of her death will be held early
next week, possibly as soon as Monday. An inquest will
follow, and London police may want statements from the two
presenters, although they had yet to make a formal request.
"It's been indicated that the London Metropolitan Police may
wish to speak to the people involved in the matter from
2DayFM," said New South Wales Police Deputy Commissioner Nick
"But we haven't been asked to do anything yet, and we
certainly have not been asked to interview anyone, or line up
any interviews for the Met," he added.
The tragic fallout from the radio stunt has rekindled
memories of the death of William's mother Diana in a Paris
car crash in 1997 and threatens to cast a pall over the birth
of his and Kate's first child.
The couple's baby will be third in line to the British throne
after William and his father Prince Charles.
The royal family are enjoying a boost in popularity in
Britain after a period when they were seen as dated and out
William and Kate's wedding at London's Westminster Abbey last
year rekindled public enthusiasm for royalty, which has been
sustained during this year's jubilee celebrations for Queen
Elizabeth's 60 years as monarch.