Australian prank DJ taking case against radio station

Australian prank DJ taking case against radio station
Michael Christian and Mel Greig.

One of the Australian DJs who made a prank call to the hospital where Kate Middleton was being treated during her pregnancy is taking legal action against the radio station, it has been reported.

Mel Greig is accusing her employer Southern Cross Austereo of failing to provide a safe workplace at 2Day FM radio station, the Melbourne Age has reported.

Nurse Jacintha Saldanha was found dead three days after Ms Greig and her colleague Michael Christian called King Edward VII’s Hospital, where Kate was being treated for severe morning sickness, pretending to be the Queen and Prince Philip, in December.

Ms Greig’s lawyer, Steven Lewis of Slater & Gordon, told Fairfax Media: “I can confirm that a general protections application has been filed with Fair Work Australia on behalf of Mel Greig against Southern Cross Austereo.’

The application alleges Southern Cross Austereo failed to maintain a safe workplace in relation to the hoax phone call incident.

Ms Greig has not returned to work since the incident but Mr Christian was controversially awarded the internal “Next Top Jock” competition for DJs at his employer which aimed to find the “best in the land”.

Ms Greig’s legal action comes as Southern Cross Austereo awaits a decision from the Federal Court about the authority of the broadcasting watchdog, the newspaper reported.


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