Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Music industry reacts to sacking of ABC boss Michelle Guthrie

Music industry reacts to sacking of ABC boss Michelle Guthrie

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie has been sacked effective immediately because it was "not in the best interests" of the broadcaster for her to stay in the job.

"So in this case the board decided that it wasn't working out and decided that we should do a reset, and that is what we have made a decision to do". "We are very grateful for all her hard work".

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.

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".

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie has been sacked from the national broadcaster.

Anderson will serve as acting managing director while Guthrie's permanent replacement is found. Anderson is now Director, Entertainment & Specialist and has worked in the media industry for more than 30 years.

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

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

ABC staff quickly reacted to news of her departure.

In a statement released this morning, the ABC Board announced that it believes Guthrie's leadership is no longer in the best interests of the broadcaster.

"We appreciate that a change in leadership creates uncertainty, however, we are firmly of the view that this decision is in the best interests of the organisation."

He added that the Board appoints the MD and the government respects the duty and role of the Board in these matters. "We needed a different leadership style", Milne told the ABC on Monday.

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

ABC Managing Directors are appointed by the Board of Directors.

Faine had been an outspoken critic of Ms Guthrie - who became managing director in May 2016 - during her tenure. To me, it is the content produced by the ABC that is of primary importance to Australians, with the technology used to deliver that content a distant second.

"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 the ABC", she said.

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