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Australian DJs who pranked nurse taken off the air
firerosearien wrote in ohnotheydidnt
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source is Reuters employee.

More from TMZ:

The two Australian DJs at the center of the Kate Middleton hospital prank have gone RADIO SILENT since news broke that the nurse at the hospital committed suicide ... TMZ has learned.

The DJs are under serious fire after pulling off a stunt where they pretended to be the Queen of England (fake voice and all) and duped nurse Jacintha Saldanha into connecting them to the people treating Middleton, who revealed details about Kate's condition.

Saldanha's body was discovered early this morning ... and cops believe it's an obvious suicide.

TMZ called the Australian radio station where the DJs work ... and were told by the executive producer that the DJs will NOT be taking any calls, period.

The E.P. explained ... the DJs have been "ordered" not to speak to the media. It's unclear who issued the order.

The producer added, "I advise you to stop trying to call them."


I do not at all feel any remorse for those DJs losing their jobs. They ought to be fired, and not just for this .

The DJs are totally to be blamed. You should not ever prank call a fucking hospital. And once they realised that they were succeeding, they should have stopped immediately and fessed up, not gone through with it and then proceed to play it on the radio. They might have thought it "harmless" and that they would "never succeed", but that prank always had the potential to at least cause another person to lose their job, and that makes the the base "joke" fucking awful.

Also, the nurse who committed suicide wasn't the one who divulged private information. She just answered the phone because there was no receptionist and then transferred the call to the staff who were taking care of Kate. THAT nurse proceeded to also be duped by their fake accents and divulged information.

The prank call would've failed instantly if the hospital and it's staff followed protocols. You don't just give out personal information of a patient; hell you don't even confirm someone IS a patient without verifying identities.

The nurse who committed suicide was obligated to verify the caller BEFORE transferring the call to the personal nurse of the Duchess. On the extremely rare occasions I have to take a call at work (when the receptionist isn't there) I confirm the callers identity first and then pass the call along to whomever they wish to speak to regarding the patient. That could be the doctor, and if it is, he knows the callers identity has already been checked and can proceed to answer questions.

I think the DJs deserve to be fired but from what I'm reading, they've only been taken off air. I also think people are failing to understand that protocols and procedures need to followed by hospitals when it comes to sensitive information like this.

Oh, I'm definitely not trying to say that the nurse did absolutely nothing wrong, of course not. But I still think that the base blame lies with the DJs for even coming up with the prank in the first place. Why would you ever decide that it would be a good idea to prank call someone who's been admitted to the hospital to play on the radio?

They definitely deserve to be fired. What they should've done is simply hang up once they realised that "Oops, something went very wrong here and we were actually sent through." and then contacted the hospital through official channels to let them know. Not proceed to go through with the call and then mock the person who messed up.

Ok...so just how are you supposed to verify someone's identity over the phone Ask them what their first pet's name is? What street they grew up on? Ask them to fax you over a copy of their passport?

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