What riles me more is what people interpret "pranking" to be nowadays. I always considered it to be lighthearted tomfoolery. By the sounds of it, that's evolved into actively acting like a tw*t to innocent people, or running about the place shouting "bruv" and thinking it's amusing. To be honest, hearing the word has become as irritating to me as hearing "fake news" or "trolling". Not least because the majority of people who use these words don't know what they mean. To quote Dr. The Rik Mayall, they need sod off, and get to soddery.
Ahem... as you were.
The problem is that when pranks were done by established TV stations or radio stations, generally there'd be enough people involved so that if something was blatantly over the score someone would go "eh, no". Not to mention the amount of rules and regulations involved in doing anything for the BBC. Evidently this is not always the case. Australian radio has a few examples of when the boundaries have been pushed too far, and there have been points in UK media where I've wondered how long it'll be until a DJ accidentally winds someone up into a heart attack. But there are limits.
These guys are generally immature and don't have anyone to say no to them. Problem is at the moment they're just a mild inconvenience, except for the poor security guys or someone who politely held the door open for them who is probably getting a bollocking at best and fired at worst. But at some stage they're going to go too far.
And yes, I know I sound old when I say all that.