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Mel & MC undergoing 'intensive counselling'

In the aftermath of the tragic outcome to the Hot 30 prank call, hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian are reportedly 'fragile' and undergoing intensive psychological counselling.

They are not the only ones at Southern Cross Austereo who are fragile.

Sydney publicist Vicki Heath was said to be inconsolable when first told of the news of Jacintha Saldanha's death yesterday, and CEO Rhys Holleran was visibly shaken during yesterdays media conference.

However, Mel & MC are in the spotlight more than anyone, and their images have been displayed in news outlets around the world. The abuse they have been receiving on social media is intense, and SCA are understandably deeply concerned for their mental health.

2Day FM's Sandy Kaye said; “Mel is in a very fragile state. We are giving them professional care, they are receiving counselling.”. Mel's father has said that he does not know where she is and that he is very concerned for her.

It is believed that Mel Greig is presently being accommodated in a secret Sydney hotel, whilst Michael Christian has returned to Melbourne to be with his family.

Southern Cross Austereo have confirmed that the duo will speak to the media at some point, however this will be driven by their state of mind.

This afternoon (Sunday) SCA have convened an extraordinary Board meeting to discuss what is the largest crisis the company has ever faced.


For support and information about suicide prevention call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or www.beyondblue.org.au

 

Published on Published on Sunday, 09 December 2012 15:00



Anonymous (4:43am 09 Dec 2012)
The only thing that probably is affecting them is that their radio career has come to an abrupt end..
nick@Bendigo (4:49am 09 Dec 2012)
They may indeed be feeling "very fragile" but as long as there are no consequences for these kind of pranks they will continue.
Andrew (5:16am 09 Dec 2012)
All comedy has consequences - pranks can be super funny but I have always assumed that permission is given and signed off by the victim, well ahead of the time that I get to hear the prank. Obviously not - it is a little like the news media showing pictures of bodies being placed into ambulances - no permission sort or given. Time free speech came with some manners.
Anonymous (5:17am 09 Dec 2012)
Fair dinkum - these guys like DJs the world over make it a practice to score some laughs at the expense of others. In fact love it or hate it is a very australian thing to do. I thing the sadest part of this whole sordit affair, not withstanding the suspected suicide and obvious invasion of privacy is the immaturity of those calling for blood. These DJs meant no real harm, I wish people would just back off and let the thing pass.
Anonymous (6:20am 09 Dec 2012)
Hopefully prank calls can be left in the 1990s... Where gotchya calls and secret sounds belong. People wonder why radio is dead?
Kimmi (7:28am 09 Dec 2012)
I can't believe the keyboard warriors. If your opinion is so "correct" take away the anonymous title.

I have been out of the radio scene a while but this cuts deep for everyone. I wish Mel and MC could see that they have supporters. Not all of us are trolls with a "holier than though" complex.
Jason Staveley (8:02am 09 Dec 2012)
The level of vile comments and hatred directed at Mel & MC in the past days is nothing short of shameful......and embarrassing.

Without wishing to ignore the gravity and tragedy of the situation, there is a parallel between these 2 presenters and the nurse who sadly took her own life - they both made a mistake at work. It could've been anybody that picked up the phone in London that morning or that evening in Australia for that matter.....

I am just an observer, but as someone who has been in radio for a very long time, I feel devastated for both sides.

Quite literally gutted that someone has lost their life.....and that a 'savage pack' of people on social media, often hiding behind ANON, are literally calling for more blood.

I'm sure what we see here is just the tip of the iceberg, but I think websites like this one should review all comments, especially those by people claiming anonymity and remove hateful posts that do nothing more than fan the flames.

I am pleased to see that Radio Today removed the article promoting the 'terrorist' video......whilst only online briefly, it perhaps should never have been published.

As for Mel & MC - I hope they are supported by family, friends, loved ones and colleagues.

There but for the grace of God go I........
Anonymous (8:28am 09 Dec 2012)
Jason and 'Kimmi' - grow up. Whether you like it or not, there's a victim involved over an incident that could have been avoided. You're basically calling for a radio website to ban comments saying how they feel about this mess. 'People shouldn't be allowed to call themselves 'ANON' and call for more blood (not that anyone is actually calling for 'more blood'). It's people like you two who have been downplaying this tragedy with tired excuses such as 'it's not radio's fault'... well guess what? It IS radio's fault.
Jason Staveley (9:13am 09 Dec 2012)
^ I rest my case

I'm quite aware there is a victim here, my comments are made against the viciousness of the personal attack on the 2 presenters, by people on social media.

By all means attack radio......but have the balls to put your name to it.

And as for people 'calling for more blood'...... take the time to read some of the comments on the 2Dayfm Facebook page....and other pages on Facebook (the social media I refer to in my post) and you will see how horrible people can be.
David Bye (11:13am 09 Dec 2012)
To all of you faceless trolls.....

There is no similarities of you to Mel & MC. You are totally different to them. The obvious differences are as follows....

Mel & MC made a bad mistake which was totally regrettable but certainly NOT malicious. The attempted 'bit of fun' has turned out to be an absolute disaster for everybody concerned. It is totally understandable that reports are that both Mel & MC are very fragile in many ways at the moment.
On the other hand, you faceless trolls are a malicious pack of ignorant and blinkered dogs (acting independently) with the INTENT of totally destroying these 2 people by way of insults and targeted attacks. You have the potential to ruin the lives of these 2 people by way of actions that you are fully aware of. You are the lowest of low life's. You don't personally know Mel & MC, and you didn't know Mrs Saldanha, yet you are very quick to be judge and jury to the social media masses.
As I said, you are soooo different and removed from Mel & MC. There is no comparison. What a pity there isn't a law to deal with you.
CAMPO (12:14pm 09 Dec 2012)
Jason, This is a tragedy, and I agree, the attacks on the 2 are vicious, but as you put it lets ask the 2 kids who have lost there mum for xmas how horrible people can be...and David Talk about leave Britney alone,because as you put it the fact is this call not only had the potential... but did ruin the lives of 2 innocent children by way of actions that they the 2 jocks were fully aware of..so get over yourself, and read what you are writing...I have 2 kids.. I am horrified at what has happened here..clearly you don't see the gravity of the situation as I do..as a parent and a radio veteran I am digusted...Both of you are right to a degree, these 2 jocks aren't soley responsible for there actions,and as you put it again Jason.. the people behind this (not Mel and MC) but "the people behind this" who have bought our industry into disrepute, find the balls to stand up put there name to it and take some responsibilty, then things will surely move forward for the better...but the demigods have fallen and no thick face black heart or 22 laws of marketing will change it, I will never look at them in the same light again...I rest my case
Lee Anderson (12:40pm 09 Dec 2012)
I'm with Jason and David. We all acknowledge this is a tragic event. We don't need trolls making Mel & MC feel any worse than they do. Or, would you rather add them to the victim list?
David Bye (10:05pm 09 Dec 2012)
Campo, I re read what I wrote. No need to get over myself from how I see it.

I don't think we need you to remind us of the bleeding obvious re the devastation that mrs Saldanha's family would be enduring. It is unthinkable. I am interested though to try and understand why you have so much initial 'shoot from the hip' bitterness towards these 2 announcers? You are as bad as the faceless trolls. How about stepping outside of the square, take a big deep breath, look down on the situation and really analyse it....especially given that it is all still very raw on all fronts. Then again, maybe you already have, hence your attitude. I can't see how you could possibly make assumptions and point the finger so blatantly, so early after the event.
Anonymous (10:35pm 09 Dec 2012)
This is all beyond tragic. I feel for all concerned, and I fel for our industry.
While not trying to offer excuses for any participants,I draw from my own research on this subject, especially reading the UK PRESS when the original story broke.

The UK PRESS were the ones vilifying these nurses, not Aussie print or radio networks. The UK PRESS were the ones targeting the nurses who could not tell a bad impersonation from a good one. It was the UK PRESS that pushed the story and kept it alive on the ground there...that also contributed to this tragic tragic turn of events. The Fleet St press are ruthless. You only need to look into the News of the World scandal for proof of that.

Yes, I agree, responsibility rests with the network and especially the content director and lawyers who ok'd the call. But I do believe that some reading this site should go and see some of the things printed and broadcast by the UK media about this story, before it's tragic turn. It was THE UK PRESS pushing the "how could you believe that accent" line...not on-promotion by the presenters or 2day

Tragic.....but those in the Fleet St gallery need to consider their involvement in this as well. I would think Mr Levenson might be interested in having a look.
Anonymous (2:42am 10 Dec 2012)
I would suggest pretty much ALL of the responsibility at 2Day lies with management. The decision to put this to air would have been made by them.
Former PD (5:08am 11 Dec 2012)
The buck stops with the Program Director does it or does it not?

As a former long time PD, I would feel obligated to take responsibility for anything that went to air on my station. After all, this goes with the territory of being a PD/CD.

If I had knowledge of this and allowed it to go to air, now given the outcome, I would pack up my desk today and resign from my post.

Simple.

Jocks should not take the rap for this, they have a PD.

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