The Straits Times
Published on Dec 08, 2012

Royal hoax DJs 'will not return' amid anger over death


SYDNEY (AFP) - Two Australian radio presenters who duped a nurse at a London hospital which treated Prince William's pregnant wife Catherine have been taken off air as they face public fury after the woman was found dead.

Media reports on Friday said nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who had worked at the King Edward VII hospital in London for four years, had committed suicide while police said they were treating the death as unexplained.

Saldanha had accepted the hoax call from two radio presenters from Sydney's 2Day FM pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and William's father Prince Charles, before passing it onto a colleague who divulged details of Kate's condition.

The radio station said on Saturday the presenters, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, "are both deeply shocked" over news of the nurse's death.