2DAY FM hosts Michael Christian and Mel Greig appeared on A Current Affair and Today Tonight on Monday but didn’t appear on The Project as planned.
Both Tracy Grimshaw and Clare Brady asked the pair if they were up for the interview prior to it beginning. Both said yes and both were moved to tears in giving answers.
But a spokesperson said they were too distraught to appear on The Project as planned.
Instead Southern Cross Austereo CEO Rhys Holleran fronted to express the network’s regret.
Holleran reiterated the view that nobody could have predicted the outcome, that sympathy for the family was paramount and that it was a tragic set of circumstances. He has also maintained the station followed checks and balances in broadcasting the prank call and didn’t believe it breached any law.
As Jonathan Holmes told 7:30 last night the ACMA Code requires the consent of the person being recorded before it can be broadcast.
But what has received little attention is the loophole that ACMA’s jurisdiction is understood to cover Australian territory. As the call was made in the UK, 2DAY FM is able to maintain the company line that it has followed the law.
2DAY FM declined an interview request from 7:30.
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