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thewilliam 6 4.8k
8 Dec 2012 6:40PM
The two Aussie DJs are so devastated that they're getting counselling. What help is the grieving family getting? The bosses at radio station are now worried because some advertisers have withdrawn their business and the broadcasting licence is in question.

Let's not forget that we share a Royal Family with the Aussies so maybe the DJs should be charged with treason!

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Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
8 Dec 2012 7:48PM

Quote:maybe the DJs should be charged with treason


That`s a bit strong Smile
jondf 8 2.7k
8 Dec 2012 8:47PM

Quote:To me, that reads like "it's not our fault, we knew it was a prank and so should everybody else".



Ditto

And another demonstration to me as to the kind of working world these people function in, removed from reality with no means of checking or balancing other than a nod from a lawyer apparently, and no way of reply from those who get victimised.
Tooth 9 5.8k 227 Ireland
8 Dec 2012 11:55PM
maybe there should never be any practical jokes any more, as there is always the chance that they might cause the recipient to commit suicide. In fact maybe humour in general should be outlawed? (just in case....)

The consequences were tragic but unpredictable and out of proportion to the likely risk...sad indeed but there you go.......

is there any other news?
jondf 8 2.7k
9 Dec 2012 10:41AM

Quote:The consequences were tragic but unpredictable and out of proportion to the likely risk...sad indeed but there you go.......



You seem to be making the assumption that what you say is the truth and that folk should agree with your casual end piece? Well I don't.

It seems a leading Australian psychiatrist has said in reference to the perpetrators that blame is hardly ever useful. That may be so but the problem doesn't rest with individuals. More a sometimes rotten system that routinely crosses the moral line into an immoral conduct zone. I hope Mrs Saldanha's untimely death wasn't in vain and that some good can result. If it makes those in broadcasting think twice about their actions and what they write and transmit (untruths and news manipulation for example), the world will be a better place for it.
mrswoolybill e2
8 526 1090 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2012 11:25AM
For a while I used to get a lift to work from a colleague who had the car radio tuned to a local station that specialised in hoax calls. I hope I have a sense of humour but I just found them unpleasant and demeaning. The victim was usually a switchboard operator, the bottom rung of the office pecking order, harassed and underpaid, who tried to handle some bizarre or idiotic enquiry politely and patiently, and was treated as a figure of fun for his, or more usually her, efforts. Not funny, not entertaining. My heart goes out to the family of a good woman doing her job who fell victim to what the world currently views as entertainment.
strawman 11 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2012 12:50PM
I feel a great deal of sadness for the family who are left with the pieces of this mess. It is impossible to decide what went on from the outside but even if it is the last straw type thing, it still is the push that drove a person to a desperate act. As for the radio station, they sanctioned the broadcast of the prank so in my eyes it is more than the DJ's that need to think on their actions, the station management are just as guilty.
discreetphoton e2
10 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2012 1:20PM
To be honest, I'm of the opinion that those charged with preserving the security of Kate and William have some questions to answer. I refuse to believe that there are no protocols in place which cover emergency hospital admissions and communication with the outside world. I'd have liked to think that our Royal Family have a little more protection than was offered here, and I'm surprised that there doesn't appear to be a screening process for calls in circumstances such as these.
Tooth 9 5.8k 227 Ireland
9 Dec 2012 1:25PM

Quote:You seem to be making the assumption that what you say is the truth and that folk should agree with your casual end piece? Well I don't


with respect you couldn't be more wrong. I never make the assumption that what I say is the truth unless I know it to be factually so. I was expressing an opinion. I also never assume that folk should agree with me - I express my opinion and it's up to them to agree or disagree.

Wouldn't it be boring if we all agreed?
gcarth e2
10 2.3k 1 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2012 2:11PM

Quote:Wouldn't it be boring if we all agreed?
It certainly would - but I always agree with you 'Tooth' - well nearly always! Wink I think there were probably other factors that contributed to pushing the poor nurse 'over the edge', though I'm only guessing.
Nevertheless I share the disgust with those who condemn those radio stations that put out this puerile rubbish that promotes the humiliation of people - people who don't deserve it.
There seems to be an increasing degree of cynicism and general nastiness in the media and on the internet, on Twitter etc. Sad
jondf 8 2.7k
9 Dec 2012 7:21PM

Quote:I never make the assumption that what I say is the truth


In that case I apologise but when someone states that 'the consequences were' rather than 'I think they were' and goes on to say 'sad indeed but there you go' as if it one should move on and not dwell on it then I'm immediately placed in a position of disagreement.....so there you go.
Tooth 9 5.8k 227 Ireland
9 Dec 2012 8:30PM
No need for the apology, but it's accepted in the spirit..

just to clarify a bit more, I really have no time either for the "puerile rubbish that promotes the humiliation of people". My gripe is really that the consequences were so unpredictable and disproportionate to the risk (IMHO Wink ) that it doesn't serve to gain much by hounding the perpetrators as killers rather than just puerile idiots. Their types of actions often cause offence and humiliation, and I agree they should be condemned for that.

My final comments? - well, it's hard not to get frustrated by the news when anything but anything to do with the royals is "made sticky" and kept at the top of the news for days and weeks to the exclusion of nearly anything else of import going on in the world...and I suppose when a real human story comes out of it there's a feeling that it'll definitely not go away now...
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
9 Dec 2012 9:39PM

Quote:To be honest, I'm of the opinion that those charged with preserving the security of Kate and William have some questions to answer. I refuse to believe that there are no protocols in place which cover emergency hospital admissions and communication with the outside world


I`m sure there are, but its not as if the caller was asking for personal medical records.

Two weeks ago I found myself in desperate need of information on my son, a life and death situation.

I would have been well pissed off if the hospital refused to give me information over the phone.
mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2012 8:55AM

Quote:

It seems a leading Australian psychiatrist has said in reference to the perpetrators that blame is hardly ever useful. That may be so but the problem doesn't rest with individuals. More a sometimes rotten system that routinely crosses the moral line into an immoral conduct zone. I hope Mrs Saldanha's untimely death wasn't in vain and that some good can result. If it makes those in broadcasting think twice about their actions and what they write and transmit (untruths and news manipulation for example), the world will be a better place for it.



That's about the best comment I have read on this sad event.
The station apparently has the biggest audience in the Sydney area and part of the station's appeal is that it pushes all sorts of limits - in a way it is a shame that the horror and repercussions have come from what was a silly prank rather than anything that was intended to humiliate someone (such as the type of calls mrswoollybill describes).
collywobles 10 3.4k 9 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2012 5:48PM

Quote:The two Aussie DJs are so devastated that they're getting counselling


Well Booohooooo bloody Booohooooo. Counselling, .............. they need firing and sueing for the loss of a mother and partner. Practical jokes do sometimes go wrong and when they do those involved in them should realise they sometimes have consequences and when they do you have to stand up and take the medicine, not Booohooo on TV for sympathy. They certainly did not intend the consequences but it happened.

Reminds me of some of the stuff that pratt Noel Edmunds used to do until one guy got killed in some race track prank.

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