Royal hoax call: Australian RJs apologise to Indian nurse's family

Royal hoax call

Greig said: "We thought a hundred people before us would've tried it. We thought it was such a silly idea and the accents were terrible and not for a second did we expect to speak to Kate, let alone have a conversation with anyone at the hospital. We wanted to be hung up on."

Christian was adamant the effect of the prank call could not have been foreseen. "These prank calls are made every day, on every radio station in every country around the world and they have been for a long time and no-one could've imagined this to happen," he said.

Grimshaw told Fairfax Media this afternoon that the interview was "very intense" with a lot of people in the room, including radio station staff and supporters. Grimshaw said she felt sympathy for the pair.

"They're at a certain point on the food chain. There are other people who made the decision to put it to air, it wasn't live to air, there was a decision made after that prank call was recorded to put it to air, and virtually all the focus has been on them," Grimshaw said.

The host said she was mindful that anyone in their situation would be fragile and the interview was a chance for the presenters to say what they wanted to say.

'The Australian' report said that 2Day FM was providing intense counselling to the pair who came under global criticism after making the prank call.

"We're getting the support that we need and we've got those around us that are helping us," Christian said.

"If we played any involvement in her death then we're very sorry for that. And time will only tell," Greig said.

Meanwhile, the boss of 2Day FM today said that staff from the station followed proper procedures and had tried at least five times to contact those involved in the prank call.

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