Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

"I Am Devastated": Michelle Guthrie Considering Legal Action After ABC Sacking

The ABC board have fired the managing director Michelle Guthrie, two years into her five year term.

Michelle Guthrie responded to the announcement of her sacking saying she was "devastated" and considering her legal options after " the board's decision to terminate my employment despite no claim of wrongdoing on my part". I think that is fair to say.

Faine, who hosts the morning program on ABC radio in Melbourne, said Ms Guthrie "wouldn't advocate for us, which is an astonishing fail".

"It ignores the accumulation of efficiency cuts taken by Canberra over the past four years and the fact that these efficiencies rob the ABC of its ability to finance new content and innovation", she said.

"I recognise the challenges involved in transitions of this kind, but I am honoured to accept the board's invitation and look forward to working with our outstanding people to execute our strategy", he said.

"That's what they're responsible for, and I'll hold them to account for that". On her watch the ABC embarked on a transformation program that saw it invest in digital initiatives, often to increase output of "lifestyle" content, de-fund some "harder" traditional television and radio programs, and collaborated with commercial media organisations on major investigations.

News of Guthrie's departure was reported by The Australian before the decision had been communicated to ABC staff.

'Excellent decision, ' Ms Neighbour wrote.

Mr Milne said her relationship with the government was a factor, but there had been no government pressure.

David Anderson, a 30-year veteran of the ABC, will be acting managing director while a formal search process involving internal and external candidates begins.

Chairman Justin Milne said the Board believed after discussions over several months that new leadership would benefit the organisation, its employees and the ABC's audiences.

She posted a statement two hours after the ABC announced she had been sacked and added that "at no point have any issues been raised with me" about her staffing changes.

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie has been sacked effective immediately because it was "not in the best interests" of the broadcaster for her to stay in the job.

Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek said she was perplexed by the decision and the board's statements had not clarified it.

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