Royal Radio Hoaxers Shed Tears In Emotional First Interview

Category: Society / Dec 10, 2012 10:34AM EDT
Two Australian radio announcers who made a prank call to a British hospital treating Prince William's pregnant wife Kate became emotional during a television interview on Monday (December 10) as they spoke of their distress at the apparent suicide of the nurse who took their call. Interview: "Mel and Michael, thanks for your time. What are the guidelines here at 2Day FM for prank calls, for, you know, where you draw the line in the sand for what's acceptable and what's unacceptable? What have you been told?" "It's not up to us to make that decision. We just record it and then it goes to the other departments to work it out. I don't know what they then do with it. We just do what we do, which is make those calls." "There's a process in place for prank calls or anything that makes it to air, and you know, that's out of our hands. This was put through every filter that everything is put through before it makes it to air, so you know, we just we made the phone call and then that was it on our behalf." "What sort of filters did it go through?" "The same filters that everything goes through. We don't get to make those decisions. We don't get to make those calls. That's done by other people, and you know, these processes haven't changed. It's always been the same and I mean, our role is just to record and get the audio, and then you know, wait to be told whether it's okay or not okay and act upon as we're told." "So, is it your sense as presenters that the buck stops way beyond you? Is that your, sort of, view?" "I don't think anyone could have foreseen where this would go. No one could have predicted this at all. So, it's just really tragic." "How did you hear about Jacintha Saldanha's death?" "We both found out about the same time, and I think it was..." "It's the worst phone call I've ever had in my life." "It was early Saturday morning when we were told." "What was your immediate reaction?" "Shattered, gutted, heartbroken and obviously, you know, our deepest sympathies are with the family and the friends of all those affected. And, you know, obviously Mel and myself are incredibly sorry for this situation and what's happened. And, you know, we hope that they're doing okay and they're getting the love and support that they deserve and need right now. But I mean, personally I'm...gutted." "There's not a minute that goes by that we don't think about her family and what they must be going through. And the thought that we may have played a part in that's gut-wrenching." "You know, prank calls are made every day on every radio station in every country around the world, and they have been for a long time, and no one could, no one could have imagined this to happen."