Sacked ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie "devastated" considering legal options

Sacked ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie

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

Guthrie who should have seen danger, but wasn't willing to negotiate her way around it. "It's an astonishing fail on her part", he said.

Under his watch, the ABC introduced News 24 (now the News Channel), iView and developed its digital strategy.

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie is out.

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

"I am hopeful that the new managing director will ensure that that the Ultimo-centric broadcaster is more in line with the aspirations of Australians including by delivering benefit to the taxpayer, stopping the left-wing bias and bringing an end to the frolics masquerading as news and "comedy" from some ABC employees".

Before joining the ABC, Ms Guthrie's career included stints as an executive at News Corporation's Foxtel, and Asian satellite service Star TV.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it was up to the ABC board to decide how the broadcaster is run.

In a statement issued after her sacking, she made it clear she saw that legacy as one of her signature achievements as managing director. "The ABC's future is owned by all Australians".

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"In the first two years of my five-year term, I have invested more in investigative journalism; more in regional journalism; more in innovative content; and increased the efficiency and effectiveness of work across the ABC".

Succession planning receives continuous attention from the ABC Board.

Both Mr Milne and Ms Guthrie declined to comment on specific questions about both these instances.

June 2018: Ms Guthrie rejects calls from within the Liberal party to privatise the public broadcaster, saying the commercial media sector doesn't need a new "advertising behemoth".

"The board wishes to thank Michelle for her contribution to the ABC".

He thanked Ms Guthrie for her hard work since taking the position in May 2016.

Earlier this year, he said Ms Guthrie "has been remarkably quiet and reluctant to engage in what she herself previously has described as megaphone campaigning".

But once she was in the board's sights her position was never salvageable. 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? "Without great acts of innovation and the wonderful, creative sparks that ignite them, the world we inhabit would be a quite different, ' she told her unfortunate audience ..."

"She would not take on her role as a champion for this organisation".

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