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Kate Middleton hoax DJ Michael Christian back on air

One of the DJs involved in the Duchess of Cambridge prank phone call scandal has returned to air for the first time.

Michael Christian presented the Monday morning (February 11) slot on Melbourne's music station Fox FM, which is part of the Southern Cross Austereo network that also includes 2Day FM, the station involved in the prank last month.

Mel Greig and Michael Christian on air at 2DayFM

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Michael Christian with Mel Greig on air at 2DayFM

Along with Mel Greig, colleague Christian pretended to be the Queen and Prince Charles when calling the King Edward VII hospital in London where the duchess was being treated for severe morning sickness.

Shortly after the prank call, Jacintha Saldanha - the nurse who put the call through to the duchess's ward - took her own life.

Christian is now the solo presenter of Fox FM's weekday morning programme, which runs from 10am until 12 midday. He did not talk about the controversy in his first show back.

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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Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge as she leaves hospital

He had previously hosted the programme on Fox FM before moving to 2Day FM's Hot 30, which made the hoax call.

The Hot 30 was suspended following Saldanha's death, and has since been permanently replaced by another show.

Southern Cross Austereo's chief executive, Rhys Holleran said: "We are happy to have Michael back on air. We have always supported our talent returning to work when appropriate, and today marks that occasion for MC."

Holleran added: "We look forward to welcoming Mel Grieg back when the time is right."

Despite possible breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998, the Malicious Communications Act 1988 and Communications Act 2003, it was recently decided that any prosecution of Greig and Christian would not be in the public interest.
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