ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie sacked after several months of talks

Lloyd Doyle
September 24, 2018

The decision to terminate the employment of ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie was handed down this morning.

"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", he added.

While it's nice to see so many people invested in the succession plan of the entertainment industry staple, the announcement does leave us with a few questions; like why did the Board feel the public should not be told the reason behind its decision to remove Guthrie? "We are very grateful for all her hard work".

In an internal email to staff, the ABC said the board had given "long and detailed consideration to this serious matter".

"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. She was less than two and a half years into a five-year contract.


News Corp has been unrelenting in its attacks on the ABC, accusing it of political bias and pushing back at the competition it presents to commercial operators.

"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", Mr Anderson said.

Milne, a former NBN board member and Telstra executive who was appointed to the Chairman's position by then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in March of a year ago, had reportedly been at-odds with Guthrie for several months, a time-period in which Guthrie was the public - and often lone - executive voice defending the ABC against a barrage of Coalition and Murdoch press-backed attacks on the public broadcaster's operations. She came under fire in March after it was rumoured she was cutting 200 journalists' jobs in a massive restructure of the company, with the mass redundancies confirmed in the months afterwards.

The acting managing director is a veteran ABC employee who worked his way up from the mailroom.

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