There is no such thing as a prank call. Purporting to be someone you aren’t is disingenuous at best, and more frequently, lying.
Disregarding the issue of how a couple of Aussie music programme presenters can possibly emulate the Queen (of England), their behaviour is just totally the pits.
‘G’Day mate, it’s Queen Liz ‘ere, how’s our Kyte going?’
My Aussie accent never was very good.
I mean who would even believe the Queen would ring up on a public line to enquire about the health of her daughter-in-law? (Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, admitted to hospital in the early days of her pregnancy).
Michael Christian and Mel Grieg seriously plumbed the depths with their asinine call.
And as for Rhys Holleran, chief exec of the company that owns the Sydney radio station, 2Day FM, he is an even larger species of low-life. Justifying prank calls, about a serious issue, that results in the death of an innocent person, is despicable.
“I think that prank calls as a craft in radio had been going on for decades. They are done worldwide and no-one could reasonably have foreseen what happened.”
The network later suspended all advertising on 2Day FM until Monday.
BBC correspondent Duncan Kennedy said the decision was meant as a sign of respect, although with several advertisers, including Australia’s largest supermarket chain, already pulling their adverts, it was more like damage limitation and to avoid further bad publicity.
Well yes. Bottom line, money.
But a woman in her forties, with two children, appears to have committed suicide because of a ‘prank call’. Jacintha Saldanha was found dead on Friday, police have said there were no suspicious circumstances.
She had answered the irresponsible call at 5.30am and put it through to a colleague who talked about the health of the Duchess of Cambridge to the radio presenters.
It’s not just the greedy media barons who are at fault. It is the public who are so interested in the private life of the royals. Me? I don’t care two hoots what they get up to, so long as it doesn’t cost the taxpayer excessively.
I struggle to work out which generation we are even on. One minute Edward and Charles are getting married, the next, Charles and Diana’s son is on the point of being a father. All beyond me.
But back to irresponsible journalism.
In the UK, a recent government inquiry (The Leveson Inquiry) into bad practice in the media produced a report last month, calling for stringent regulation. UK Prime Minister David Cameron rejected the findings. The only blog posts I have read agreed with the findings.
I don’t disagree there is some appalling, intrusive and invasive journalism around. It is due 1) to corporate greed and 2) to idiots who read such garbage and thereby create demand for drivel.
But regulating the press won’t change the crap. It will merely serve to hinder the good and investigative journalism that still occasionally goes on.
Did prohibition stop Americans drinking alcohol?
Do laws against streetwalking stop prostitution?
Do speed limits stop people driving too fast?
etc etc etc
Regulating the press is going down a very Stalinist road. Remember that, those of you who agree with it.
My condolences to the family of Jacintha Saldanha, and my unreserved criticism to the bosses of 2Day FM, and specifically Holleran, Christian and Grieg.
Quotes from the BBC website