Kate Middleton Prank Call: 2Day FM DJ Michael Christian Returns To Radio

Aussie Prank Call DJ Michael Christian Returns To Radio

One of the two Australian DJs who made a prank call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was treated during the early stages of her pregnancy is back on air.

Michael Christian and Mel Greig sparked worldwide outrage in December when they were put through to Kate's ward after phoning the King Edward VII's Hospital, posing as Prince Charles and the Queen.

They were suspended by 2Day FM in Sydney after the nurse who answered the phone was found dead - but Christian has now returned to the airwaves.

The pair are no longer on Twitter after receiving abusive messages

He has appeared on sister-station Fox FM in Melbourne.

Rhys Holleran, chief executive at Southern Cross Austereo, confirmed Christian's return to broadcasting in a statement to media.

It said: "We are happy to have Michael back on air.

"We have always supported our talent returning to work when appropriate and today marks that occasion for MC (Michael Christian). We look forward to welcoming Mel Greig back when the time is right."

A spokeswoman for SCA told the Herald Sun the network were not trying to “sneak” Christian back on-air.

"I don’t think the organisation was trying to hide anything," she said, "His return was never going to be the subject of a bells and whistles-type announcement.”

Greig remains off air. "She hasn’t given any indication that she is ready to return," the SCA spokeswoman said.

The news was greeted with delight by fans of the DJ on Twitter.

Christian's return follows an announcement by British prosecutors that the DJs would not face charges in connection with Jacintha Saldanha's death.

The Duchess was receiving care at the central London hospital for a rare form of pregnancy sickness when Christian and Greig made their prank call.

Ms Saldanha, 46, a mother of two from Bristol, answered the phone and put the pair through to a colleague who detailed the Duchess's condition.

Her body was found in her nurses' quarters three days later and led to an international backlash against the 2Day FM DJs.

Southern Cross Austereo, the parent company of 2Day FM, cancelled the radio show, the Hot 30 Countdown, in the wake of the tragedy.

It was replaced by a new programme called The Bump.

Earlier this month the Crown Prosecution Service said there was no evidence to support a manslaughter charge and any potential prosecution would not be in the public interest.

But Ms Saldanha's family said relatives still have many unanswered questions about the events that led to her death.


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