Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Michelle Guthrie Fired From Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Michelle Guthrie Fired From Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The board's statement doesn't say why it lost confidence in Guthrie. "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 made a decision to do", he said.

Guthrie was appointed to a five-year term as managing director in December 2015, the first woman to hold the role in the broadcaster's history. She said there is no justification for the Board to trigger the termination cause and she is considering her legal options.

The ABC has fired managing director Michelle Guthrie, in a shock decision just two years into her term.

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

The ABC board has commenced a formal search, both internally and externally, for Ms Guthrie's replacement.

Milne and Guthrie reportedly had a frosty relationship, clashing over how to deal with a hostile government in Canberra.

Ms Neighbour shared a link to an ABC article report on the decision to dump Ms Guthrie as the public broadcaster's managing director on her Twitter page.

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"I am devastated by the board's decision to terminate my employment despite no claim of wrongdoing on my part", the now former managing director of the ABC said in a written statement.

The national broadcaster's chairman Justin Milne and seven other board members deposed the ABC's $891,000-a-year managing director, following a clash over its direction and a series of controversial calls.

The Australian has been told flashpoints include two key initiatives of the chairman, the ABC Annual Public Meeting, held in February, and July's announcement of Project Jetstream, a multimillion-dollar idea created to provide a digital infrastructure base for the ABC decades into the future when broadcast television shuts down.

"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.

Australian-born Guthrie trained as a lawyer and worked at Foxtel and BSkyB, before taking pan-Asian roles at Star TV in Hong Kong and latterly at Google, in Singapore.

Multiple editorial complaints were lodged by the Prime Minister's Office and by Communications Minister Mitch Fifield during Ms Guthrie's tenure. Her reign over the ABC was nearly relentlessly troubled.

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

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