One of the radio DJs involved in the royal hoax phone call last year has been given an award by his employers.
Michael Christian, whose job was under threat for his part in the prank just months ago, has been named “Next top jock” by Southern Cross Austereo, his radio station’s parent company.
Speaking about the internal award, which has been criticised for being in bad taste by fellow radio DJs in Australia, Christian said: “Regardless of all that’s happened in the past few months, I’m still at the top of my game. So it felt good to see my name at the top of the final leader board!”
Christian, along with his 2Day FM co-star Mel Greig, were internationally criticised after they called King Edward VII’s hospital in December last year when Kate Middleton was there being treated for severe morning sickness.
Posing as the Queen and the Prince of Wales, the radio DJs were put through to Kate’s ward and given information about her condition. Just days later, the nurse who put through the call – 46-year-old Jacintha Saldanha – committed suicide.
Both Christian and Greig publically apologised for carrying out the prank and their radio show was pulled from the air.
Christian has since returned to Southern Cross Austereo in a different role, while Greig is yet to return to work.