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Monday, 10 December 2012


SOUThERN CROSS AUSTEREO has issued a statement on the Royal prank call controversy and suicide of nurse JACINTHA SALDANHA that engulfed its Top 40 2DAY FM/SYDNEY last week, and the measures the station is taking include the cancellation of the "HOT 30 COUNTDOWN" show, suspension of all advertising on the station, suspension of all prank calls, a "comprehensive review of relevant company policies and processes," and a mutual decision by the station and hosts MEL GRIEG and MICHAEL CHRISTIAN that they not return to the airwaves "until further notice."   But the company, saying that "company protocols were adhered to" by the hosts (including internal legal review and authorization) and noting that "(s)everal attempts were made by the production team to discuss the segment with the hospital, but with no success," .said that it "does not consider that the broadcast of the segment has breached any relevant law, regulation or code."
SCA CEO RHYS HOLLERAN said, "First and foremost we would like to express our deep and sincere condolences to the family of JACINTHA SALDANHA for their loss. We are very sorry for what has happened.
"As a leading commercial radio broadcaster, we must ensure that our internal processes and protocols are robust. We don't claim to be perfect and we always strive to do better. We have initiated a detailed and rigorous review of our policies and procedures to inform any improvements we can make.
"We are also providing support to our people who are deeply saddened by this tragic and unforseen event."

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