Royal prank call: 2DayFM hit with tighter license conditions

Michaela Whitbourn and Michael Lallo have the follow-up to a case that started in 2012 as a radio prank but wound up invading privacy and likely contributing to a nurse’s suicide:

Radio station 2Day FM will be subjected to tougher licence conditions and will broadcast a special three-hour program to raise awareness about mental illness and promote “media ethics” in the wake of the infamous “royal prank” call, the communications watchdog has announced.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority said on Friday it had agreed to a “constructive set of actions” with 2Day FM following an investigation that found the station had breached two clauses of the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice and committed a criminal offence under the Surveillance Devices Act.

The call, in which 2Day FM hosts Michael Christian and Mel Greig impersonated the Queen and Prince Charles, was made to the King Edward VII Hospital in London where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for morning sickness.

Read more on the Sydney Morning Herald.

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