A single hoax call, so many repercussions

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Royal phone prank

Chris Johnson writes: Re. “Keane: resisting the witch hunt on the royal prank call” (yesterday). A thorough post-mortem into 2Day FM’s latest disastrous prank would do the radio industry a huge favour. “Fickle finger of fate” formats that ambush people to denigrate, humiliate and upend their lives for the amusement of ghouls is really low-rent stuff.

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    There are two stories here.

    First. all pranks are a form of hazing. and based on experience at fraternities, defence establishments and many other organisations, including corporations with significant hierarchies, hazing will inevitably produce outcomes of tragic results. To conduct pranks, or hazing, is to play a lottery which you hope you won’t win, but also where you have no control over outcomes which may be extreme.

    Second, I would ask if either the hospital’s or the station’s first response to the PR blow up was to consider the impact on the employees involved. We lost one woman in the UK; we could have lost a DJ in Australia.

    We are better advised as a society to follow a path of respect for each other. All those in public and private leadership should be measured against this standard.

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