Australian prank call DJ sues employer

(15 Posts)
Rosa Sun 14-Jul-13 12:38:20

I have to turn anything off that gives me the slightest cringe feeling....They were the wrong - the whole radio station DJs , manager legal team whoever and they should be fired / shut down IMO for what they did.

Erato Sun 14-Jul-13 12:37:15

Yes, it was okayed by the legal department of the radio station. The woman who tragically took her own life wasn't pushed over the edge solely by this incident - she'd attempted suicide several times before. It was a very sad confluence of events that was blown completely out of proportion through a combination of royal-hysteria, colony-bashing and general opprobrium/moral high-horse behaviour.

I agree with you that prank calls are bullying, but the punishment in this case I think was disproportionate. You can't say that any punishment is ok for bullying, there has to be a line - for example, being slowly tortured to death would be disproportionate (at the extreme end). So I do have some sympathy for the DJs view that her employer should share the pain.

Erato Sun 14-Jul-13 12:31:32

Can anyone explain what the prank was?

specialsubject Sun 14-Jul-13 11:02:32

they may not have had the idea, but they did the deed. Lots of other stupid pranks too.

while they could not have foreseen the actual outcome, prank calls are bullying. No sympathy here.

BrianTheMole Sat 13-Jul-13 19:03:46

Not sure, its just something I remember them saying in their interview afterwards.

WidowWadman Sat 13-Jul-13 18:07:50

Can't imagine any legal department "okaying" something - they give risk advice not approval, the call of how to act on this advice is made by editors, surely?

pictish Sat 13-Jul-13 17:50:50

What prank?

BrianTheMole Sat 13-Jul-13 17:49:48

Surely it is in part the radio stations fault though. I seem to remember them saying that the prank had been run by their legal dept first, before going live. And that the legal dept had ok'd it. Why wouldn't they bear some responsibility too?

What call?

Ididabravebravething Sat 13-Jul-13 17:34:35

words fail me regarding this

Aetae Sat 13-Jul-13 17:33:52

You think the DJs came up with the idea for the call on their own? Hardly.

specialsubject Sat 13-Jul-13 17:29:57

it just gets worse!

echt Sat 13-Jul-13 06:52:11

The male half of this duo, Michael Christian, won't have to twist to get any money out of his employers as they, Southern Cross Austereo, honoured him with their "Top Jock award" a few weeks ago.

His comment: "I'm at the top of my game".

I'm glad to say this move on the part of the employer was greeted with near-universal disgust.

specialsubject Wed 10-Jul-13 21:41:23

Mel Greig is suing her employer for 'failing to provide a safe workplace'. Quite happy to do the nasty childish pranks until one goes really wrong, and then all of a sudden it isn't her fault.

her male colleague was equally culpable, hope he doesn't also try to twist a fortune out of not having the guts to say 'no'.

bullying can cause tragedy. Bullies need to take the consequences.

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