ABC board sacks managing director Michelle Guthrie

EPA-EFE  REX  Shutterstock Michelle Guthrie Australian Broadcasting Corporation Managing Director Michelle Guthrie Melbourne Australia- 19 Jun 2018ABC (Austr

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.

"I want to see an ABC that's strong and doing its job and the board does as well".

Guthrie responded to recent calls to privatise the ABC, and cited a preliminary report from Deloitte she commissioned, which she said found the ABC contributed $1 billion to the economy and indirectly created 2500 jobs.

David Anderson, ABC director, entertainment & specialist, has been invited by the Board to serve as acting managing director until the role is filled.

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

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The need for a better relationship with the Australian government was one of the reasons broadcaster ABC's managing director Michelle Guthrie was sacked effective immediately.

But after her first year as MD "it became clear she was only interested in a very small parts of what the organisation did".

"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.

Sally Neighbour, executive producer of 4 Corners, tweeted: "excellent decision".

March 2017: The ABC boss announces sweeping changes at the ABC, including axing a fifth of management, spending millions worth of savings on making new content and beefing up the broadcaster's presence in regional Australia.

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'Whoever the next MD is, they need a deep understanding of the history, objective and importance of an independent public broadcaster, and be ready to fight bare-knuckled to protect it, ' Ms Phillips wrote.

"While my contract permits the board to terminate my appointment without cause and with immediate effect, I believe there is no justification for the board to trigger that termination clause", she said.

The Australian on Monday reported a split between Milne - who was appointed by the Turnbull government - and Guthrie over the future of the organisation.

Guthrie, a former Google executive and media lawyer, has been a controversial figure at the ABC as she managed tighter budgets along with leading expansion into new business areas.

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