ABC in turmoil: who said what on boss Michelle Guthrie's sacking

EPA-EFE  REX  Shutterstock Michelle Guthrie Australian Broadcasting Corporation Managing Director Michelle Guthrie Melbourne Australia- 19 Jun 2018ABC (Austr

EPA-EFE REX Shutterstock Michelle Guthrie Australian Broadcasting Corporation Managing Director Michelle Guthrie Melbourne Australia- 19 Jun 2018ABC (Austr

Guthrie was named managing director of the ABC in December 2015, following her role at Google Asia, where she was managing director of agencies.

The need for a better relationship with the Australian government was one of the reasons broadcaster ABC's managing director Michelle Guthrie was sacked effective immediately.

"That is possibly an area that could have been better".

Ousted ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie has responded to her shock axing, saying she is "devastated" at the decision made by the national broadcaster's board of directors and is now considering her legal options. I am considering my legal options.

Melbourne radio host Jon Faine, who's been at the broadcast for almost 30 years and three months ago attacked Guthrie saying he was "sick of getting it ripped apart because of the failure of our managers" and being "done over" by the government, this morning launched another attack on the departed MD saying her tenure had been an "astonishing fail".

'Excellent decision, ' Ms Neighbour wrote. "That said, I think Michelle tried hard and was involved with government", he said.

Morrison said it wasn't his place to comment on the efficacy of Guthrie as managing director, again pointing to the board as the folks in charge of that call.

"It was their decision and their deliberations, I'm not privy to the deliberations".

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Board chairman Justin Milne said the transition to a new leader could be disruptive but discussions had been under way for several months.

The last time the ABC board got rid of its boss was in 2001 when Jonathan Shier was quietly shown the door and handed $1 million to go through it.

David Anderson who is now ABC's head of specialist and factual will stand in as the interim managing director.

"At no point have any issues been raised with me about the transformation being undertaken, the Investing in Audiences strategy and my effectiveness in delivering against that strategy".

In an email to staff on Monday afternoon, Mr Anderson said he was honoured at the appointment.

"We all know that we face challenges around budget constraints, increased competition and changing audience behaviours".

Milne emailed ABC staff this morning, saying that Guthrie had "today departed" the ABC.

He said it was an honour to lead the corporation.

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