Australian Prank Station Donates $500,000 to Late Nurse's Family
Jacintha Saldanha was Kate Middleton's nurse during her stay at Edward VII Hospital.
2DayFM, the Sydney-based radio station responsible for the prank call that resulted in British nurse Jacintha Saldanha's suicide, announced that it will donate the rest of the year's ad profits to a fund for the family. A minimum contribution of more than $500,000 will be made, and it will go to supporting Saldanha's two teenage daughters and husband.
Mel Greig and Michael Christian, the show's DJs behind the prank, were suspended, and ads were pulled from the show.
"We hope that by contributing to a memorial fund we can help to provide the Saldanha family with the support they need at this very difficult time," said Rhys Holleran, CEO of Southern Cross Austereo, the group that owns 2DayFM, in a press statement.
"The company today reiterates that it is deeply saddened by this tragic and unforeseen event and offers its condolences to the family of Jacintha Saldanha."
The DJs reportedly were "shattered" by the news of Saldanha's suicide and have been taken off the air for the time being.
In addition to the radio's fund, King Edward VII Hospital also will create a memorial fund for the family.
The hospital's chairman Lord Glenarthur said in a statement, "Jacintha Saldanha was an outstanding nurse whose loss has shocked and saddened everyone at the hospital."
Saldanha transferred a call from Greig and Christian to Kate Middleton's room while the duchess was being hospitalized for a severe form of morning sickness.