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Prank station says tried to contact hospital five times

Published on Dec 10, 2012 9:46 AM
2day FM radio hosts Mel Greig (left) and Michael Christian, pose in Sydney in this picture obtained by Reuters on Dec 8, 2012. The two presenters from Australia's 2Day radio station called a London hospital that was treating Prince William's pregnant wife Kate for morning sickness last week, pretending to be William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth and his father, the heir-to-the throne Prince Charles. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SYDNEY (AFP) - A Sydney radio station at the heart of the British royal prank call scandal on Monday said it tried to contact the London hospital five times to discuss what it had recorded before going to air.

Mr Rhys Holleran, chief executive of Southern Cross Austereo which owns 2Day FM, said that nobody could have reasonably foreseen the consequences of what has been described by the hospital as an "appalling" hoax.

He said he was satisfied that the appropriate checks were conducted before the pre-recorded segment was broadcast.

"It is absolutely true to say that we actually did attempt to contact those people on multiple occasions," Mr Holleran told Fairfax radio.

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