Music industry reacts to sacking of ABC boss Michelle Guthrie

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

The board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has announced the departure of the organisation's managing director Michelle Guthrie.

"The board wishes to thank Michelle for her contribution to the ABC", said Milne. I am considering my legal options.

Milne emailed ABC staff this morning, saying that Guthrie had "today departed" the ABC.

"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.

If it emerges that the board feels an emphasis on traditional ABC strengths - news, especially regional news - is required, it will represent a win for critics.

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"That's what they're responsible for, and I'll hold them to account for that".

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

Clearly she has been engaged in a deteriorating relationship with the ABC board and its chairman, Justin Milne, and there has been lots of chatter that their respective visions for the organisation didn't overlap.

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie is out.

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

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"The board felt in the end that her leadership style was not the style that we needed going forward".

The board's statement doesn't say why it lost confidence in Guthrie. She has copped criticism for her employment history with News Corp and a perception she did not defend the ABC enough from opponents of the public broadcaster; and also came under fire for repeated controversial on-air episodes which upset members of the conservative Coalition government.

"At no point have any issues been raised with me about the transformation being undertaken, the Investing in Audiences strategy and my effectiveness in delivering against that strategy", Ms Guthrie said.

"The ABC board has legislated independence in relation to management appointments and the Government respects the duty and role of the board in these matters".

"Michelle challenged us in a lot of ways to be better, challenged us to free up more money for content and went about that over the last two-and-a-half years."

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