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Australian regulator opens probe into royal prank station

Published on Dec 13, 2012 11:07 AM
Sydney radio station 2Day FM presenters Mel Greig (R) and Michael Christian (L) leaving the 2Day FM radio office in Sydney's World Square on Dec 10, 2012, in a handout photo provided by Southern Cross Austereo. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's media watchdog on Thursday launched an investigation into the broadcast of a prank call to the London hospital treating Prince William's pregnant wife Catherine.

The hoax sparked global condemnation with the nurse who fielded the call, Mrs Jacintha Saldanha, apparently committing suicide. The result of her post-mortem is due to be announced later on Thursday, according to British police.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) said its probe was into the broadcaster, 2Day FM, and not presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian who have borne the brunt of worldwide anger.

"The ACMA's formal regulatory relationship is always with the relevant licensee (and not the presenters of any broadcast in question)," ACMA chairman Chris Chapman said in a statement.

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