Southern Cross Austereo CEO Rhys Holleran has announced that 2DAY prank jocks Mel Greig and Michael Christian will not be returning to the airwaves.
“Our presenters, we’ve spoken to and agreed that this time that the radio show will not go ahead in the future and will be reviewed,” Holleran said in a video statement following an extraordinary board meeting on Sunday.
Southern Cross Austereo is in damage control over its programming policies that have started a chain of events that lead to the suicide of the nurse in the UK. Holleran said the prankster jocks are in a fragile state. “They are both understandably incredibly distraught and we are concerned for their well-being and at this point we’ve asked them to make no comment,” he said.
Scotland Yard has now asked the New South Wales police to investigate the situation. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will also look into the legality of the stunt.
Under clause 6.1 of the act, radio stations are not allowed to put a caller to air without first alerting the caller that they are being broadcast or, if pre-recorded, must ask permission from the person to use the call on air.
“Southern Cross Austereo remains committed to any investigation and we will aid authorities who may want to investigate this matter further,” Holleran said. Watch his statement here: