Former 2Day Network radio host Mel Greig will join Wollongong’s Wave FM in 2016, three years after the infamous “royal hoax” phone call that was linked to the suicide of British nurse Jacintha Saldanha.
It’s expected the 33-year-old will move up from Adelaide to join Travis Winks on The Hot Breakfast from January. In a statement she said she was thrilled.
“I’m so grateful to be given the opportunity to return to what I love. Dean Kesby the Content Director was one of my first bosses in radio and I can’t wait to work with him again,” she said.
“I can’t wait to start onair and to start exploring the South Coast and discovering everything it has to offer. I’m pretty sure this big goofy smile that I currently have on my face will be firmly planted for months to come.”
Station manager Tony Williams said they had spent time with Ms Greig over previous weeks to learn more of what she could offer the Illawarra.
“Her warmth, enthusiasm and experience are going to be great attributes to the Wave family. We love Mel’s genuine excitement and passion for radio and the anticipation for the move to Illawarra,” said Mr Williams in a statement.
“Mel is already heavily involved in her community surroundings and is an avid charity ambassador, we can’t wait to see her get involved in the Illawarra community too.”
Wave FM confirmed on their official Facebook current co-host Emma has “decided to go back to being a full time mum”.
In December 2012 Ms Greig was involved in a radio stunt with then co-host Michael Christian on their national program The Hot 30 Countdown. The pair posed as the Queen and Prince Charles to gain information about the Duchess of Cambridge who was staying at a London hospital stay at the time.
Jacintha Saldana was the nurse who took the call at King Edward Hospital, taking her life two days later and mentioning the Australian duo in a note she left behind.
“I don’t know how you completely forgive yourself – someone wrote my name in their suicide note,” Ms Greig previously told Prime 7’s Sunrise. “They thought of me before they took their own life and that will stay with me forever but I can move forward from that point I think because I've tried to say sorry.”
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