“throw the book at them”.
British MP Keith Vass, who has been the spokesperson for the family of royal prank nurse Jacintha Saldanha, has said he hoped authorities “throw the book at them”.
Them, being 2Day FM.
In a statement released to media by the family, he went on to say: “This will serve as a warning to other radio stations that prank or hoax calls can be the cause of catastrophic consequences, distress, and certainly should never be broadcast without the consent of those targeted.”
In 2012 Today Network’s Mel Greig and Michael Christian impersonated Prince Charles and The Queen. The call saw them put through to the ward of the Duchess of Cambridge, who was being treated for morning sickness. Jacintha Saldanha was the nurse who put the call through and took her own life days later.
“Now the prank call has been correctly deemed illegal I hope the sentencing will take into consideration the severe harm that was caused by the broadcast and be sufficiently severe”, the family statement said.
In ten days, Mel Greig who was front and centre of the prank call will be presenting at RadioDays Europe in Milan on March 15. Mel’s preso will include content on pranks calls and their impact.