Kate hoax call REALLY not funny anymore……
Yeah, I just found that too.Posted 5 years agoteamhurtmoreSubscriber
rudebwoy – Member
whoa there, hold the horses, do we know anything other than a tragedy has occurred ?
I agree partially with rudebwoy here. This is a tragic event as I said on the original (now deleted thread), but beyond that we are moving into the grounds of supposition.
However, what do we know? Lets strip away the royal family context to start with. What code of conduct is it, that finds phoning up a hospital to enquire about the health of someone you have no connection with acceptable? Ditto, impersonating family members to achieve the same objective? It was not funny in any way originally, merely puerile and indefensible. Of course, the fact that the context DID involve the royal family was used by some (here and elsewhere) as a justification and a source of humour – and that is their choice. Its not a view that I share.
I hope the Aussie DJ’s already felt embarrassed about their behaviour and ashamed. The recordings and the re-presenting of the tape again suggests not. If a proven link between the hoax and today’s events is established, well they really do have to look at themselves.
What an appalling story.Posted 5 years agoprojectMember
druidh – Member
Thankfully prank calls are now banned on uk radio by ofcom.
Really? Robin Galloway does them every week on Forth FM.
Prank Phone CallsThe rules are a bit complex here, but in essence, if you do a ‘prank phone call’ you need the person’s permission to broadcast it before it goes out on air. Notably, this means that you cannot do them live.
And the above info was reiterated bt dj tony snell on bbc radio merseyside before he played back a recording of a prank call he had made previously a few years ago.Posted 5 years agonukeproofridingMember
Death threats to the DJs from all the knee-jerk, mouth breathers all over their wall photos on Facebook. All just very sad.
Yes but as much as death threats are terrible – lets not get all teary eyed about the Radio DJ’s just yet shall we? They’re alive. She isn’t. She may well have had underlying issues but we don’t know, and she was probably going to lose her job. The prank call is obviously what tipped her over the edge.
It’s a difficult one because it brings us to the question of whether the prank call was malicious, or just misplaced. They clearly thought it was a good joke and would be taken as such, but people looking after the Royal Family take that very seriously.
She would have been “The woman who’s mistake lead to a nurse giving out confidential and closely guarded medical information to the world”.
It’s a tragedy either way, and we should all be supportive of the poor womans family – her kids, her husband. Because those two radio DJ’s unwittingly tipped her over the edge.Posted 5 years agonukeproofridingMember
That’s doesn’t seem to be what the hospital spokesperson has suggested.
Why would they in the wake of such a tragedy?
Why else would she commit suicide? I suppose it could have been unrelated but that’s a pretty massive coincidence the day after this happens doncha think?
I don’t know… I just thought they take the whole patient confidentiality thing VERY seriously because it is a cornerstone of the NHS and I guess democracy too. Even more so when a Royal is suffering severe morning sickness.Posted 5 years agoHarry_the_SpiderSubscriber
Maybe the media, all of them, should just leave them alone. This has become a story of the media making the news, not reporting on it.
Jenny Bond on 5LIVE was banging on about how disgusting the whole thing is then in the next sentence said that she had spent ages stood outside the hospital over the years. Perhaps if her and the others hadn’t spent so long outside the hospital and other places reporting in depth about sod all we wouldn’t have got to this place.Posted 5 years agoCoyoteSubscriber
Jenny Bond on 5LIVE was banging on about how disgusting the whole thing is then in the next sentence said that she had spent ages stood outside the hospital over the years. Perhaps if her and the others hadn’t spent so long outside the hospital and other places reporting in depth about sod all we wouldn’t have got to this place.
This. All caused by the media reporting on a non-event.Posted 5 years agoGJPMember
Although the far reaching consequences of the DJs could not be foreseen (assuming the events are related), they must have been aware of the potential for serious consequences for those who were taken in by the prank, whether that be an informal or written warning, disciplinary or possible dismissal.
Thus irrespective of any “cause and effect” argument their actions were malicious and they should be held accountable for those actions as should their superiors who presumably had editorial authority over any such “prank”.
Even before this tragic incident I found the DJ’s actions wholly deplorable and in poor taste. I have no time whatsoever for the Royal Family and the World’s apparent fanatical interest when a member of the Royal Family so much as farts, but I do sincerely wish they we can just let them live their personal lives in privacy.
So this puts me firmly in the “hang them out to dry camp”. Any experts on the extradition treaty between UK and Australia?Posted 5 years agoTom BMember
So two people do a prank call pretending to be the queen and prince Charles phone a hospital. Someone that wasn’t the person to dish out nfo about dear kate needing a drink ends up dead. I feel very sorry for all connected to her, but is it really the fault of the pranksters? Anyone with half a brain cell should’ve spotted that it was a fake….confusing an australian bloke making a barking sound with one of the queens corgis raises alarm bells!Posted 5 years agoJCLMember
I’m simply astonished at the level of sympathy being shown here. Here we have a woman who was so ashamed to have given information regarding a member of the marvellous royal family that she has killed herself… I don’t know what is more puzzling to me, her actions or the public reaction.
Anyway in actual news worth getting angry and upset about;
“Ninety-two Tibetans have set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule since 2009, with at least 75 dying from their injuries. The number of self-immolation cases have increased this year, with 28 alone in November 2012”Posted 5 years agoJCLMember
I guess if you find royalty an absurd concept, as I do, you might find it all a bit ridiculous. Afterall, if it was’t for these pointless individuals and the moronic public fascination with them, the radio DJ’s wouldn’t have performed the stunt and woman wouldn’t have felt such pressure and anxiety to take her own life.
That’s the problem with putting people on pedestals. It makes people do silly things.Posted 5 years agorudebwoyMember
totally agree with you JCL- but all needless deaths are that, but you are right ,the distorted ‘value’ attached to different types of tragedy are fairly sickening . This will get more ‘column’ inches than all the events in the rest of the world put together for the next day or two, plus all those ‘columnists’ doing their anal ysis !Posted 5 years ago
I was purely pointing out how his stupid comment made him look to others.
My sister in law was hospitalised for 11 weeks because she “needed a drink” so when uninformed idiots pass comments such as that, I like to point out how that makes them look to people.
If that’s not allowed then I apologise (to the moderators) and I won’t do it again.Posted 5 years agoTheArtistFormerlyKnownAsSTRSubscriber
Am I the only one who doesn’t really give a flying **** about any of this?
Couldn’t care less about the Royals, so what if two crap DJ’s made a prank call and whilst it must be very sad for the family and friends of this nurse – for whatever reason she died….. it has nothing to do with me, I don’t know her and nothing to do with the whole affair has any concern for me in the slightest.
In other news, my daughter isn’t doing very well at learning Spanish at the moment. This concerns me a little bit.Posted 5 years agogrumMember
You’re not your (an idiot) – oh the ironing.
And TAFKASTR – I agree this story is blown out of all proportion due to the royal connection, and that there are often outpourings of false emotion about people not known personally, but really not even a flicker of compassion over someone taking their own life?Posted 5 years ago
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