5th December 2013

SOUTHERN CROSS AUSTEREO MEDIA STATEMENT

Southern Cross Austereo and Mel Greig today announced that they have amicably resolved all aspects of their dispute arising from the royal hoax call which was broadcast by 2Day FM in December last year.
Southern Cross Austereo has at all times taken complete responsibility for the hoax call and the company maintains its view that the recording and broadcast of the call was not unlawful. Southern Cross Austereo greatly regrets the unforeseeable tragic aftermath of the call and the company and all of its people remain deeply saddened by the death of Jacintha Saldanha. Southern Cross Austereo has contributed a substantial amount to a trust which was recently established to assist Ms Saldanha’s family. Mel Greig also wishes to pass on her personal condolences and regrets to the Saldanha family.
Mel Greig wishes to make it clear that as an announcer she was not responsible for the decision to broadcast the hoax call. Prior to the call being broadcast she made suggestions for changes to be made to the recording of the call. 2Day FM decided that the call should be broadcast without alteration.
Mel Greig has resigned her employment with Southern Cross Austereo and will finish with the company on 31 December 2013. Neither Southern Cross Austereo nor Mel Greig will be making any further public comment about her employment with the company. Ms Greig intends to provide a statement to the UK Coroner’s Inquest and Southern Cross Austereo will continue to fully co-operate with the Inquest.

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