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The Australian radio hosts behind a hoax phone call to the UK hospital where the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was staying ...
said they were "shattered" upon learning that the nurse who was duped by their prank had died. (Dec. 10)
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SHOTLIST:SOURCE - RESTRICTION: CHANNEL 9 "A CURRENT AFFAIRS" - NO ACCESS AUSTRALIALocation - Date: SYDNEY - December 10, 20121. SOUNDBITE: (English) Michael Christian, Radio DJ: ++Audio overlaid with various shots of radio DJs++ "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 ok and they've getting the love and support that they deserve and they need right now. But I mean personally, I'm (++BREAKS DOWN++). Gutted.2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mel Greig, Radio DJ: ++Audio overlaid with various shots of radio DJs++ "There's not a minute that goes by that we don't think about the family and what they must be going through. And the thought that we may have played a part in that is gut wrenching."3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Michael Christian, Radio DJ: ++Audio partly overlaid with previous shot++ "And I mean, I don't think that anyone could have expected or foreseen what was going to happen after all. I mean it was completely innocent and we just assumed that we would be cut off at every single point and that'll be it."STORYLINE:The Australian radio hosts behind a hoax phone call to the UK hospital where the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was staying said through tears on Monday that they were "shattered" upon learning that the nurse who was duped by their prank had died. 2DayFM radio DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who have faced worldwide fury over the hoax, spoke publicly about the prank for the first time in a televised interview with Australia's "A Current Affair." A separate interview on rival show "Today Tonight" also aired on Monday evening. Nurse Jacintha Saldanha answered the phone last week when the pair, impersonating Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, called the hospital where the former Kate Middleton was being treated for acute morning sickness. She transferred the call to a fellow nurse caring for the duchess who gave the DJs confidential information about the Duchess's medical condition, which was broadcast on air. Three days later, Saldanha died. Police have not yet determined the 46-year-old's cause of death, but many immediately assumed it was related to the stress from the call. Greig and Christian have been taken off the air indefinitely. The radio hosts apologised on Monday for the hoax and both broke down in tears when asked about the moment they learned Saldanha was dead.(****END****)