Michelle Guthrie Fired From Position As ABC Managing Director

Michelle Guthrie Fired From Position As ABC Managing Director

The ABC board have fired the managing director Michelle Guthrie, two years into her five year term.

"I wanted to continue the transformation of the ABC and to support the great work of ABC's dedicated and passionate employees to ensure our continuing trust, quality and distinctiveness as the source of Australian culture, conversations and stories", she said. "We needed a different leadership style", Mr Milne told the ABC.

"(But) the government, I must say, has provided no pressure, no opinion, has not been involved in this decision.

Melbourne radio host Jon Faine, who's been at the broadcast for almost 30 years and three months ago attacked Guthrie saying he was "sick of getting it ripped apart because of the failure of our managers" and being "done over" by the government, this morning launched another attack on the departed MD saying her tenure had been an "astonishing fail".

"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.

The chairman praised Ms Guthrie's performance in relation to the ABC's adaptation to the digital environment.

"No. Look, I don't know and I can't speak on behalf of the rest of the leadership team", he said.

Board chairman Justin Milne said the transition to a new leader could be disruptive but discussions had been under way for several months.

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Guthrie has been a divisive figure during her tenure as ABC boss.

"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 this strategy".

In an email to staff on Monday afternoon, Mr Anderson said he was honoured at the appointment.

David Anderson, the director of entertainment, will be acting managing director while the ABC conducts a search for a new chief.

"I want you to know that I am passionate about the ABC's goal, public broadcasting and providing valuable services to Australians every day", he wrote.

The stunning statement comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was informed of the decision to axe Guthrie last night by Communications Minister Mitch Fifield.

"I don't think ABC board deliberations ever come out in public".

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