Radio receives hoax accident call
RADIO gotcha calls are pretty common but they aren't normally directed from the listeners into the radio station.
Yesterday, Ipswich radio station River 94.9 was the victim of a hoax about a serious car crash on the Ipswich Motorway.
Program director Mike Byrne said a call came in at 5.20am from a man purporting to be a police officer saying there had been a double fatality on the motorway and it was shut down.
"In the heat of a rolling news room we accepted it and reported it as unconfirmed," Mr Byrne said.
"Then we started getting calls from listeners saying it wasn't happening. It was pretty disappointing to be hoaxed like that."
He said that from 5.30am the station was broadcasting the true story; no crash and the motorway was clear.
Police are investigating.