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Kate Middleton Pregnancy Watch: Duchess to name baby after Jacintha Salanha

by | 11th, December 2012

KATE Middleton Pregnancy Watch Day 10 of the Duchess of Cambridge’s womb news: Can we honour Jacintha Salanha by naming the Royal baby after her? Will DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian make a pilgrimage to see Lord Leveson on holiday in Australia? Who will win the PR fight for the nurse’s soul?

The front pages:

Who’s the most upset?

The Sun : “Hoax two in tears at nurse’s suicide”
Daily Mail : “Anguish of the Suicide Nurse’s family”
The Scotsman : “Family miss ‘Royal hoax nurse’ every moment of every day”
The Mirror : “Daughter’s tears for victim of Kate prank”
The Guardian : “A mother mourned”
i : “Australian DJs ‘gutted’ over hoax nurse death”
Daily Star : “DJ Mel Sobs for Royal Nurse”

The Star’s front page has Mel looking teary eyed up to image of Jacintha’s family.

Who can help?

The Times : “Hoax nurse family at Parliament”

Ben Barboza, husband to Jacintha Salanha, was with their children, Lisah, 14, and Junal, 16, in London yesterday.

Can we blame the station?

The Times:

In emotional television interviews, Mel Greig and Michael Christian apologised repeatedly for the stunt that has been linked to the death of the nurse who fielded their call. But they insisted that more senior people at Sydney radio 2DayFM had vetted the pre-recorded call and decided to air it…

“It’s not up to us to make that decision (to go to air). We just record it and then it goes to the other departments to work out,” Greig said in a tearful interview with Australia’s Nine Network.

As Nazi rocketeer Wernher Von Braun might have out it:

Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down?
That’s not my department,” says Wernher von Braun.

Comparing them to Nazis is a bit off, of course. But given the hype this story has been given you’d be excused for thinking the DJs had murdered a Royal nurse with their bare hands as she tended Kate.

Asked how the call was vetted and processed, Christian said that “people far above us” approved the exchange. “I’m 100 per cent honest in saying I’m, we’re, not privy to what happens with this call,” he said. “Regardless of the content or the context or what’s been recorded, it’s the same process and I’m certainly not aware of what filters it needs to pass through. All we know is it’s passed on and then we’re told either yay or nay.”

Southern Cross Austereo, the company that owns the radio station, insists that it tried to contact the hospital five times before including the hoax call in the Hot 30 show, hosted by Greig and Christian. It was unclear if the station’s follow-up calls were answered.

But it has consistently refused to say who signed off on the decision to air the call.

Under the Australian radio code of practice, a radio station cannot broadcast any prank call without the ‘victim’s’ permission. The hospital said yesterday that it had not identified any member of staff who had taken any follow-up calls from the station.

We then hear from Wendy Harmer the woman who called Mel and Michael “legends” .

Wendy Harmer, a former presenter at 2DayFM told The Times that most disc jockeys knew that prank calls could not go to air without the permission of the pranked person. But she confirmed that the decision to go to air would be taken by senior managers rather than the disc jockeys who made the call. “Within the chain of command there are a whole lot of people that pass these decisions along,” she said. “We have not heard from any significant person in that chain of command. The person who has to accept responsibility is the person in charge of content.”

What killed her?

BBC : “Kate hoax: Post-mortem after death of Jacintha Saldanha”

The hospital continues its PR drive:

John Lofthouse, chief executive of King Edward VII’s Hospital, said: “A senior member of staff is comforting the family and offering assistance and will continue to do so for as long as needed.

“We have also established the Jacintha Saldanha Memorial Fund. There has been an overwhelming outpouring of support for the family from around the world, and this fund will enable people to make a donation. The fund will go to helping Jacintha’s husband and children at this terrible time.”

Daily Mirror : “Kate Middleton prank call: Radio station cancels Christmas party after

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