Royal radio prankster's show replaced

Southern Cross Austereo is gearing up to launch the replacement show for the Hot 30 with radio hosts Michael Christian and Mel Greig noticeably absent from the line-up.

2Day FM is launching The Bump tonight with Angus O'Loughlin as host. Former Hot 30 producers Ben Harlum and Emily Mills, who were also embroiled in the royal prank, are confirmed to be involved with the new show.

The Hot 30 was taken off air after nurse Jacintha Saldanha took her own life in December, following a furore over the on-air prank by hosts Christian and Greig.

Christian and Greig have been off air since the incident, however Southern Cross Austereo chief executive Rhys Holleran said today: "We look forward to Mel and MC returning to work when the time is right, in roles that make full use of their talents – we will discuss future roles with them when they are ready."

Christian and Greig called the London hospital where Prince William's pregnant wife, Catherine, was being treated for morning sickness and were transferred by Ms Saldanha to a colleague. Ms Saldanha took her own life when the hoax was widely publicised in the British media.

She was found dead in her lodgings near King Edward VII's Hospital in central London on December 7.

Christian and Greig have not spoken publicly since giving two television interviews following Ms Saldanha's death.

Those seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

An earlier version of this story stated Christian and Greig had been dumped by Southern Cross Austereo. This was incorrect.

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