Mel Greig to give talk to UK radio conference about learnings from royal prank call

michael christian mel greigRoyal hoax call DJ Mel Greig is set to speak at the UK radio industry’s biggest conference about the lessons she has learned from the royal prank call and the sunsequent death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha next week.

Greig travelled to the UK last month for the much-delayed inquest into the death of Saldanha, who took her own life after transferring the prank call where Greig and co-host Michael Christian pretended to be the Queen and Prince Charles, to the ward where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated whilst pregnant with Prince George.

At the inquest the former Today Network DJ urged broadcaster to amend their policies and procedures to prevent a similar outcome in the future, although the coroner stopped short of blaming Southern Cross Austereo or the hospital for the death. 

Greig is set to be interviewed by broadcaster Daisy McAndrew about on air pranks, and what she has learned from the incident on October 14 at the radio Academy Conference in Salford.

Chris Burns, the chair of Radio Festival 2014, said: “The circumstances surrounding this tragedy are terribly sad but they hold important lessons for all of us working in the media.

“As an industry we need to act responsibly and learn from each other, so I am pleased that Mel has chosen to speak at the Radio Festival, so we can learn from her experience.”

2DayFM is still locked in a legal battle with the Australian Communications and Media Auhority over the publication of a report believed to say the broadcaster committed a criminal offence by broadcasting the segment.


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