Jacintha Saldanha: Australian radio station creating fund for family with year's profits
Southern Cross Austereo, the Australian radio station behind the Kate Middleton prank call that resulted in receptionist Jacintha Saldanha's suicide, is doing everything within its power to help make the life of the Saldanhas a little easier. After cancelling the radio show of the two DJs who made the call, the station has now announced in a press release that it's going to be donating its ad profits for the rest of the year to a fund created for Saldanha's family.
"We are very sorry for what has happened," chief executive Rhya Holleran says. "It is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts continue to be with the family. 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."
A minimum of $500,000 (about $524,000 in U.S. dollars) will be contributed to the fund. Advertising will resume on 2Day FM on Thursday.
The two DJs involved in the call, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, conducted an interview earlier this week where they discussed how "shattered" and "heartbroken" they were by the whole incident.
"There's not a minute that goes by that we don't think about the family and what they must be going through and the thought we may have played a part in that is discouraging," Greig said through tears. "I want to just to reach out to them and give them a hug and say sorry, and I hope they're okay, I really do."