Wednesday December 12 2012

Radio prank, calls, need, guidelines, Uganda

I followed the case of the prank call about the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton with keen interest.

When the news broke of Australian radio presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian, from 2Day FM in Sydney having made a prank call to the hospital, I thought they had gone too far.

Needless to say, I was utterly shocked to hear of the death of the nurse at the hospital where the Duchess was receiving treatment, Jacintha Saldanha, who had unknowingly been part of the prank call.

Radio pranking should be done in context. Medical, financial, family and other private details should not be joked about.

The called party should be made aware at the end of the call that it was joke and their permission sought should the recording be aired.

Mabel Kebirungi,