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Radio prank show axed
Michael Christian and Mel Greig leave a TV studio after giving an interview after their prank call ended in tragedy. Picture: Reuters

The Hot 30 radio show previously hosted by Michael Christian and Mel Greig has been dumped by Southern Cross Austereo after their royal prank which went horribly wrong.

SCA made the announcement on the show's Facebook page on Sunday, directing followers of Christian and Greig's Hot 30 show to a page for the show's replacement, called The Bump.

The Hot 30 was taken off air after nurse Jacinta Saldanha took her own life in December, following a furore over the on-air prank by Christian and Greig.

The pair called the London hospital where Prince William's pregnant wife Catherine was being treated for morning sickness and were put through to her ward by Ms Saldanha, who apparently took her own life when the hoax was widely publicised in the British media.

The Indian-born nurse was found dead in her lodgings near King Edward VII's Hospital in central London on December 7.

Christian and Greig have not spoken publicly since giving two television interviews following Saldanha's death and their future with the radio network is unclear.

However, Hot 30 producers Ben Harlum and Emily Mills, who were also involved in the prank, have apparently escaped the axe, tweeting about their involvement in the new show.

The new show will air across Australia on Monday and will be hosted by fill-in presenter Angus O'Loughlin.

A request to SCA for information about Christian and Greig was not immediately answered.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.


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