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Mike Christian is an Australian radio presenter and one of the two radio co-hosts who made a prank phone call later cited as a motivating factor in the suicide of Jacintha Saldanha, a London nurse.
On 5 October 2009, Christian started a position as the afternoons announcer at Austereo's Fox FM in Melbourne, Victoria before moving to mornings. He moved to Sydney's 2Day FM in December 2012 to host the Hot30 Countdown with Mel Greig, a nationally syndicated program.
On 6 December 2012, Christian and his 2Day FM radio co-host, Mel Greig, made a radio prank call to the hospital that was caring for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, during her first pregnancy. The duo tricked the hospital into releasing private medical information on the Duchess by using "bad accents" to mimic Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales in an attempt to talk with the Duchess.
Both Christian and Greig were seen on their Twitter accounts boasting about the prank a day earlier, calling it "the easiest prank call ever made". They were both suspended from broadcasting following the death. In an interview on the Nine Network's A Current Affair program, Christian said that "We are shattered, heartbroken and our deepest sympathy goes to the family, friends and all those people affected. Mel and myself are incredibly sorry for the situation and what's happened."
On 27 January 2013, 2dayFM's parent company announced on its Facebook page that the Hot 30 show responsible for the prank would not be returning.
On Sunday 28 April 2013 the UK Sunday Times newspaper reported that Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who committed suicide as a result of the "Royal Prank", had authored a suicide note blaming the two Australian DJs, including Michael Christian, for her suicide. She also asked that they be made responsible for her mortgage.
In June 2013, Southern Cross Austereo awarded Christian the next Top Jock award - a decision that was criticised in the Australian media. Australian National Communications Minister Stephen Conroy told a Melbourne radio station "I think there’s a bit of bad taste involved there. There were some very serious consequences of what was a prank and to be seen to be rewarding people so soon after such an event, I think, is just in bad taste."
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