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dateline: 11 December 2012

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Australian DJs Apologize For Hoax

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • DJ: disc jockey, a person who hosts and introduces music on a radio station
  • prank call: a joke played via telephone, in which a caller pretends to be someone he/she is not
  • hoax: a situation in which a person or group deceives another in fun
  • apparent: believed to be true, but not yet proven to be true

Australian DJs Apologize For Hoax

Two Australian DJs who to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles have apologized and expressed deep regret for a prank call they made last week. The DJs got through to nursing staff at a hospital in central London where Duchess Kate was being for morning sickness. A nurse believed the DJs were legitimate members of the Royal Family, and gave them an update on the Duchess’s condition. Three days after the hoax , the nurse who took the call was found dead at her home in an apparent suicide. The DJs gave an emotional in a TV interview, and said they never their call to be put through.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who did the DJs pretend to be?
  2. Who was the victim of the hoax?
  3. Why did the DJs feel deep regret?

Discussion Question: Prank calls have been aired on radio stations for years. Should radio stations need permission from victims of a prank before airing a recorded call like this?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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