Control over the media

Back in February two Australian DJs prank phone called a nurse in a local hospital about Kate Middleton. They impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles telling the nurse about morning sickness Middleton was experiencing. The nurse was so frantic about the situation she committed suicide due to the prank call. Recently the two DJs have been acquitted and won’t be charged with the involuntary actions the nurse committed.

This stems from the lack of media control in Australia. There is not a lot of regulation in the structure of the media in Australia allowing the two DJs to do such hostile acts. If there was more control over the airways of radio, this could have been avoided.

Does Australia need more control over what their employees are doing off the air?

Does the concentration of ownership have anything to do with this?

by Craig Waldron


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