SYDNEY (AFP): An Australian High Court ruling Wednesday opened the door for a radio station at the centre of a royal hoax call controversy to face penalties including losing its licence. Sydney station 2Day FM endured a global backlash after Indian-born nurse Jacintha Saldanha killed herself in 2012 after transferring a prank call by two DJs to staff caring for Prince William’s wife Kate who was suffering from severe morning sickness. Saldanha left a note blaming Greig and Christian for her death.

Both DJs apologised for their actions and the station’s owner Southern Cross Austereo later donated Aus$500,000 (US$450,000) to the nurse’s family to “help them in the future”.  Mel Greig and co-host Michael Christian had posed as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles on the phone to the London hospital and were able to get details of Kate’s condition on air.