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Radio station in Duchess prank 'breached license'

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Australia's media watchdog has found the radio station at the centre of a prank call targeting Prince William's pregnant wife Kate in breach of its broadcasting licence, reported Sky News.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has been investigating the phone call made by Sydney radio station 2Day FM which led to the suicide of nurse Jacintha Saldanha who put the call through to the Duchess of Cambridge's ward.

The radio station has responded with legal action, taking ACMA to court arguing the watchdog does not have the power to say it broke the terms of its licence.

British nurse and mother-of-two Ms Saldanha took the hoax call from two DJs pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and William's father Prince Charles, before passing it onto a colleague who divulged details of Kate's morning sickness.

The broadcast of the prank made global headlines and Ms Saldanha was found hanged three days later, triggering a major backlash against the radio network and the hosts.

The ACMA has spent six months investigating 2Day FM, examining whether the prank call breached its broadcasting licence and the commercial radio codes of practice.

But the radio station is now trying to stop it going any further.

"In response to the ACMA's preliminary findings on this issue, 2Day FM applied to the Federal Court for orders restraining the ACMA from continuing the investigation and making a finding that 2Day FM breached that condition," the watchdog said in a statement.

"The ACMA intends to contest 2Day FM's application."

On Saturday, the heavily-pregnant duchess made her last public appearance before giving birth, attending the Trooping the Colour military parade in London.

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