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Duchess of Cambridge radio hoax show cancelled by 2Day FM

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The Australian radio show involved in the prank call to the Duchess of Cambridge's hospital last month has been cancelled by 2Day FM.

The Hot 30 programme was taken off the air in December following the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who forwarded the show's call to Kate Middleton's room at the King Edward VII hospital in London.

Mel Greig and Michael Christian on air at 2DayFM

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Saldanha was found hanged in her apartment in the nurses' quarters three days after the phone call.

Hosts Michael Christian and Mel Greig pretended to be the Queen and Prince Charles in the prank call, and were able to gain personal information from the nurse caring for Middleton while she suffered from severe morning sickness.

The station had not gained consent from the nurses involved for their voices on the prerecorded conversation to be broadcast on air.

Britain's Prince William stand next to his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge as she leaves the King Edward VII hospital in central London, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their first child, and the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to hospital suffering from a severe form of morning sickness in the early stages of her pregnancy. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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2Day FM owners Southern Cross Austereo confirmed that Christian and Greig will remain employed by the station, but that their time slot has been replaced by a new show.

"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," said Southern Cross Austereo chief executive Rhys Holleran.

A music show without a DJ has been playing in the show's usual timeslot since it was taken off air last month.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), Australia's commercial radio regulators, launched an investigation into whether 2Day FM breached the Commercial Radio Code of Practice.

2Day FM announced in December that it would donate ad revenues to a charity set up in Saldanha's honour.

Greig and Christian said that they were "gutted" and "heartbroken" upon hearing of nurse Saldanha's death.

Photo gallery - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their 2012 Far East tour:

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