A 'devastated' Michelle Guthrie doesn't understand why the ABC sacked her

Cornelia Mascio
Settembre 24, 2018

"We appreciate that a change in leadership creates uncertainty, however, we are firmly of the view that this decisions is in the best interest of the organisation", he said.

Mr Milne described Ms Guthrie as a "good networker" who "tried hard" to cultivate her relationship with the federal government, but said she could have improved in that crucial part of the job.

"I wanted to continue the transformation of the ABC and to support the great work of ABC's dedicated and passionate employees to ensure our continuing trust, quality and distinctiveness as the source of Australian culture, conversations and stories".

"This decision has been driven by our commitment to deliver the best possible outcomes for our loyal audiences and the best possible experience for our own people". "I am considering my legal options", she said.

"The dismissal of the Managing Director, seemingly without notice, requires a full and detailed explanation from the ABC Board", Abetz said.

Appointed to the role in May 2016, Guthrie was the ABC's first female managing director.

"While my contract permits the board to terminate my appointment without cause and with immediate effect, I believe there is no justification for the board to trigger that termination clause".

Earlier, The Australian claimed there had been months of tension between the two, including clashes over projects and how to deal with the government.

David Anderson, the ABC's director of entertainment and specialist divisions, will act as managing director while a search commences for a new permanent boss.

"The board wishes to thank Michelle for her contribution to the ABC", Mr Milne said.

"By law, Managing Directors are selected by the ABC Board independently of the Government and Opposition of the day", the ABC noted in its statement.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said Guthrie's departure was independent from the government, and her replacement would also be independently chosen.

Sally Neighbour, executive producer of 4 Corners, tweeted: "excellent decision".

Michelle Guthrie says she is devastated by the ABC board's decision to sack her but the chairman, Justin Milne, blamed her leadership style and said choosing the right leader was a "lottery".

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