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Royal prank call DJ joins 2DayFM’s breakfast team as anchor

Chrisitan sharing a burger with Debuf

Michael ‘MC’ Christian, one of the two DJs behind the royal prank call, is performing the anchor role as part of the new 2DayFM breakfast show lineup.

Last year Southern Cross Austereo announced the new breakfast team Maz Compton and Dan Debuf would replace Jules Lund, Merrick Watts and Sophie Monk, under who the show plunged from first to last place in the FM market after the departure of Kyle and Jackie O at the beginning of last year.

However, Christian’s role as anchor, which he also performed on their national Drive show, was not promoted when Compton and Debuf were shifted to the breakfast slot.

He was one of the two radio DJs involved in a prank call to the hospital where Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton was being treated for acute morning sickness, which resulted in the nurse on the switchboard, Jacintha Saldanha taking her own life.

2dayfm logo hits network2DayFM has also revamped its logo to incorporate the new Hits Network branding which was announced before Christmas.

Southern Cross Austereo head of content Craig Bruce said: “The Dan and Maz’ show is a show primarily centred around content driven by Dan Debuf and Maz Compton.

“MC continues to play a critical role as the show’s anchor, as he has done for the last 12 months when the show was on national drive on the Today network.

“Like the majority of shows we’ve built over decades not every voice on a radio show goes into the branding of it.”

The show had its first day on air on Wednesday ahead of the official ratings period which starts on Monday as the network looks to recover from its rock-bottom commercial ratings last year with a more youthful feel.

In a video montage posted to Facebook of their first day Christian can be seen on air with Compton and Debuf, as well as participating in off-air antics with the duo around the office.

2dayFM breakfast profileOn the 2DayFM website, a profile for Christian falls under that of Compton and Debuf, with an answer to the question “What is the biggest #Clang you have ever had happen to you” referencing an equipment failure.

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.

Christian’s fellow DJ, Mel Greig, has not returned to an on-air position, and travelled to the UK last September to attend an inquest in the Saldanha’s death.

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