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Sacked ABC boss Michelle Guthrie considers legal options

Sacked ABC boss Michelle Guthrie considers legal options

Michelle Guthrie's lack of passion for the ABC and her tin-ear will not be missed by ABC staff. "So, in this case the board decided that it wasn't working out and decided that we should do a reset and that is what we have chose to do", he said. She was smart and we were excited. She said there is no justification for the Board to trigger the termination cause and she is considering her legal options.

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.

Guthrie highlighted that the commercialisation of the ABC would put greater pressures on the other major networks, labelling a privatised ABC as an "advertising behemoth", adding that it was a poor stance to take by the Liberal government.

The daughter of a Chinese mother and an Australian father - and the first female managing director in the ABC's history - her appointment marked a departure from the long list of white males who preceded her.

"The decision follows discussions over several months that concluded when directors resolved that it was not in the best interests of the ABC for Ms Guthrie to continue to lead the organisation", the statement said.




"We appreciate that a change of leadership creates uncertainty, however, we are firmly of the view that the decision is in the best interests of the organisation". "We needed a different leadership style", Milne told the ABC on Monday. And, perhaps more importantly, is the appointment of a person who has spent the past four years looking after relationships with advertisers at Google a prelude to at least a partial commercialisation of the assets of the ABC?

Guthrie was announced as the new managing director in December 2015, and she began in the role in May 2016.

And she rejected Communications Minister Mitch Fifield's suggestion that the ABC could easily accommodate the latest 1 per cent efficiency divided required by the government. To me, it is the content produced by the ABC that is of primary importance to Australians, with the technology used to deliver that content a distant second.

"I personally had two conversations with Michelle Guthrie about why she would not be our champion, why she would not engage, she said 'it's not my style",' he said.

Some fear it played a role in the Government's 2018 budget decision to freeze the ABC's indexation, costing the broadcaster $84m over three years.

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