SCA & Mel Greig relationship worsens

Staff Writer

With the news that Mel Greig has commenced legal action against Southern Cross Austereo, the extent of the relationship breakdown is becoming clearer virtually on a daily basis.

It was revealed this week that Greig is taking legal action against SCA, accusing them of failing to provide a safe workplace.

Greig's legal representative, Steven Lewis of Slater & Gordon, has said; "I can confirm that a general protections application has been filed with Fair Work Australia on behalf of Mel Greig against Southern Cross Austereo.''

Subsequently it was reported in News Limited, quoting an un-named SCA source, that the relationship between Greig and SCA has been breaking down following Greig repeatedly rebuffing attempts to get her back to full-time work.

It has been reported that she was offered on-air roles in February, and a producer's role in March, with all roles offered in either Sydney or Adelaide. Greig is reported to have told SCA that she has not been able to return to work as she is "depressed and fragile". 

Following these reports a close friend of Greig's, Holly Allen, has come out and attacked SCA over the reports. Allen has described Greig as traumatised, and says she has felt compelled to defend her.

Allen said in a statement;

"reading what the so-called source from Southern Cross Austereo is saying about Mel is making me too angry not to comment – how could she possibly accept a role as a producer when that role plays a big part in choosing what goes to air, she's traumatised by the prank call".

She went on to attack those who have suggested Greig should take responsibility for the outcome of the prank call; "for those who are saying she (Greig) should take responsibility, she has taken more responsibility than anyone else involved, she is nearly broken by this".

Greig has been criticised by the UK media particularly since news of the legal action broke. Fairfax Entertainment Reporter Peter Ford, speaking with Ross & John on 3AW Melbourne has defended SCA saying;

“They have given her numerous opportunities to return to work, whether that’s on air or off air. They have given her roles that would be lower profile if that suited her. They have offered her jobs as a producer if she is not comfortable on air. 

She has said no to everything and now she has begun this action. It looks as if she now has her hand out wanting to profit for being a part of that terrible prank."

As part of the legal process it is understood that SCA and Greig will meet for confidential conciliation, and should this fail to reach a resolution, the case will move to the Federal Court.

The other announcer involved in the prank call controversy, Michael Christian, returned to work some months ago as a daytime announcer on Fox FM in Melbourne, and has made no public comment on the developments.



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