Royal prank DJ calls 2Day FM an ‘unsafe workplace’

Bec Fary / July 11, 2013 10:03 AM

One of the radio hosts behind the “royal prank” is claiming Southern Cross Austereo “failed to provide a safe workplace”. 

Mel Greig, who is yet to return to work after the phone prank scandal, lodged a claim with the Fair Work Comission this week in relation to the incident.

Sydney radio station 2Day FM is at the centre of an investigation over a phone prank by Greig and her co-host Michael Christian.

The pair impersonated the Queen and Prince Charles in a call to the London hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for morning sickness in December.

A recording of the call was broadcast on 2Day FM and the national Today Network. Nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who transferred the call, committed suicide three days later.

Greig’s lawyer confirmed a general protections application has been filed with Fair Work Australia.

 “The application alleges Southern Cross Austereo failed to maintain a safe workplace," Slater & Gordon’s Steven Lewis told Mumbrella.

"The matter will proceed to confidential conciliation under the Fair Work Act. Ms Greig continues to be employed by Southern Cross Austereo. Ms Greig will not be making any comments on this matter." 

British MP Keith Vaz, whose has been speaking on behalf of Jacintha Saldanha’s family, says it’s “brave” but no surprise Greig is turning on her employers.

"Ultimately the radio station made the decision to broadcast the hoax call and must bear responsibility for the tragic death of Jacintha," he said in a statement.

"It seems the DJs and radio station are now turning on each other."

In June, Vaz criticised Austereo for the “distasteful and disgraceful” move of naming Greig’s co-host Michael Christian their “Top Jock” so soon after Jacintha’s death.

Meanwhile Scotland Yard has passed a file on the prank call to Australian police.

British police have asked Australian Federal Police and NSW Police to consider whether any offences were committed under Australian legislation.

"Having carefully reviewed the evidence currently available we have concluded there is no evidence to support a charge of manslaughter," special crime spokesman Malcolm McHaffie said.

It was announced in February that Greig and Christian would not be charged in the UK over the prank.

2Day FM awaits a decision from the Australian Communication and Media Authority. 

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