Kate Middleton Prank Fallout: Radio Show Canceled, Station Suspends All Prank Calls
Is this starting to feel like an overreaction, or do you think this is richly deserved?
After their successful prank call to the hospital where pregnant Kate Middleton was staying, the Australian DJs issued an official apology, but still bragged about their success online. A couple of days later, though, nurse Jacintha Saldanha died in a suspected suicide, and the narrative changed.
Now the DJs are hugely remorseful, and TMZ just updated that the company that owns the radio station has issued a statement outlining changes, including the "termination" of the hosts' radio show and "a company-wide suspension of 'prank' calls."
So now those hosts are out of a job, because of this stupid prank. It was a stupid prank, but radio DJs are known for stupid pranks — although they could've picked a better target than hospital employees who would surely be reprimanded, at the very least, if the prank call was successful. They couldn't have imagined it would lead to the death of a woman, if it even did. We have no idea what else was going on in the nurse's life.
Anyway, that’s the end of that radio show, although the DJs will probably land on their feet somewhere. Do you think this is a fair outcome? Are there lessons to be learned for all radio hosts?