Behind the hoax

First published in Letters by

THE chairman of the London hospital described the hoax call from the Australian Radio station as ‘simply appalling’.

Sydney’s 2DayFM spokesman said he was confident the law had not been broken. Questions are being asked and that may change.

It should be remembered that if the British media had not divulged the pregnancy early, when their ‘lookouts’ had noticed that the Duchess had been admitted to hospital, the news would not have gone global and the two thoughtless Australian radio DJs would not have been able to latch on and ply their hoax.

The royal couple would then have been able to announce the news in their own time, especially in the Duchess’s situation.

J Beisly, Osprey Close, York.

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12:39pm Tue 11 Dec 12

strangebuttrue? says...

One of the worst things I find about this tragic situation is people in the media, especially the two DJs involved, keep repeating that “it was only a joke, they did not expect to be put through and that their accents were so bad and the false barking of the dogs in the background made it even more implausible” How was this poor nurse, and how are her family supposed to react to these comments which make it appear to be an even bigger mistake to have accepted the call. These comments can have only made the whole situation even more humiliating.

I can fully appreciate how this call could have got through the last thing a nurse caring for sick people would be expecting is for some idiot DJ impersonating a family member to call a hospital and waste her time as a joke.

I for one never thought this remotely amusing from the first reports. A hospital should never have been the target of a prank call from a radio station and those in the media who seek to somehow justify this prank by using the above excuse, it seems to me are making matters worse for the family of the nurse not better.
One of the worst things I find about this tragic situation is people in the media, especially the two DJs involved, keep repeating that “it was only a joke, they did not expect to be put through and that their accents were so bad and the false barking of the dogs in the background made it even more implausible” How was this poor nurse, and how are her family supposed to react to these comments which make it appear to be an even bigger mistake to have accepted the call. These comments can have only made the whole situation even more humiliating. I can fully appreciate how this call could have got through the last thing a nurse caring for sick people would be expecting is for some idiot DJ impersonating a family member to call a hospital and waste her time as a joke. I for one never thought this remotely amusing from the first reports. A hospital should never have been the target of a prank call from a radio station and those in the media who seek to somehow justify this prank by using the above excuse, it seems to me are making matters worse for the family of the nurse not better. strangebuttrue?
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3:25pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Big Bad Wolf says...

The call was made in the hope of providing amusement for the station listeners... no malice was intended. Can you imagine a world without humor?

Could it be that the hospitals reaction to the nurse was far from understanding? I don't believe I saw any criticism of the nurse in any of the papers or on any of the TV reports.
The call was made in the hope of providing amusement for the station listeners... no malice was intended. Can you imagine a world without humor? Could it be that the hospitals reaction to the nurse was far from understanding? I don't believe I saw any criticism of the nurse in any of the papers or on any of the TV reports. Big Bad Wolf
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8:36pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Jam tomorrow says...

The tragic outcome of this 'joke' is awful but I think the hospital and the security services are more to blame. I am astounded that the nurse/receptionist wasn't protected by working to a simple telephone password system. I have always assumed that a royal person in hospital would have a phone password agreed. If that password (and it should have been a changed-daily dated list) isn't quoted then no connection. I think the hospital and the police have serious questions to answer.
The tragic outcome of this 'joke' is awful but I think the hospital and the security services are more to blame. I am astounded that the nurse/receptionist wasn't protected by working to a simple telephone password system. I have always assumed that a royal person in hospital would have a phone password agreed. If that password (and it should have been a changed-daily dated list) isn't quoted then no connection. I think the hospital and the police have serious questions to answer. Jam tomorrow
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9:55am Wed 12 Dec 12

capt spaulding says...

Just when I thought this whole sordid tragic event couldnt get any grubbier.
Kieth Vaz got himself involved. ????
Just when I thought this whole sordid tragic event couldnt get any grubbier. Kieth Vaz got himself involved. ???? capt spaulding
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