Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw has been banned from airing his prank call feature ‘Call Or Delete’ in the wake of the death of a nurse who apparently killed herself following a royal hoax call.
According to The Mirror, BBC bosses have suspended the feature as a mark of respect to the family of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who was found dead after taking a prank call from two presenters from an Australian radio station when she was working at the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for acute morning sickness. The presenters convinced staff that they were the Queen and Prince Charles and call was then connected to the duchess’ private nurse, who gave an update on her condition.
The ‘Call Or Delete’ segment has not aired since Saldanha’s body was discovered on December 7. The feature involves celebrities scrolling through the contacts on their mobile until they reach a random number before facing the choice of making a prank call to them or deleting the number.
A BBC spokesperson said: “Despite rigorous editorial procedures around the use of hoax calls on air, given recent events we have decided to suspend the Call Or Delete feature for the time being.”
The feature is expected to return next year.