Sunday, 20 October, 2019

ABC boss Michelle Guthrie ousted from role as managing director

EPA-EFE  REX  Shutterstock Michelle Guthrie Australian Broadcasting Corporation Managing Director Michelle Guthrie Melbourne Australia- 19 Jun 2018ABC (Austr CREDIT JULIAN SMITH EPA-EFE REX Shutterstock
Russell Knight | 24 September, 2018, 06:53

Michelle Guthrie has revealed she is "devastated" and would consider possible legal action after the chairman of the ABC board confirmed she had departed her role as managing director.

"The board wishes to thank Michelle for her contribution to the ABC", Mr Milne said.

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

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

Guthrie says no issues were raised with her about the transformation.

He said Ms Guthrie had been "pretty good on the digital stuff", but the ABC needed to commit "wholeheartedly" to an expensive plan known was Project Jetstream, which would create a digital infrastructure for the ABC's long-term future. He added that Guthrie's relationship with Government "could have been better".

"That is possibly an area that could have been better". "In an ideal world, I would like to see our relationship - I think the relationship between the ABC and government is, on the one hand, hard because of course we need to be independent from government, but it is an important relationship because the government funds us".

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"It doesn't always work out".

"I am devastated by the Board's decision to terminate my employment despite no claim of wrongdoing on my part", she said in a statement.

Guthrie appointed numerous executive team, including the chief financial officer, Louise Higgins.

David Anderson, the ABC's director of entertainment and specialist divisions, will act as managing director while a search commences for a new permanent boss.

Ms Guthrie's digital-first strategy has been hated by commercial media, with revelations in May the ABC had spent $2 million promoting its online stories on Google and Facebook.

During her tenure as MD, Guthrie's responses to the changing media landscape had include the lay-off of some 170 staff in early 2017.

The secretary of the ABC section of the Community and Public Sector Union, Sinddy Ealy, said the board had done the right thing.

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