Sacked Guthrie's tumultuous time at the ABC

Sacked Guthrie's tumultuous time at the ABC

September 2018: Ms Guthrie is sacked, with the board declaring it is "not in the best interests" of the broadcaster for her to continue in the role.

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

But that surprise was nothing compared to the astonishment engendered by her departure.

"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.

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.

Faine, who has been with the ABC since 1989, also said he had confronted Ms Guthrie about why she was not the staff's "champion".

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

When, in 2015, the board was looking to appoint Guthrie as ABC managing director, one of the people Turnbull sought a reference from was Bruce McWilliam, an old friend and one-time mentor to Guthrie, with whom he'd worked at Allens and BSkyB.

During her tenure she trumpeted higher investment in innovative content, investigative journalism and regional journalism, defending the ABC's independence and increasing efficiency across the ABC.

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Sally Neighbour, the executive producer of the ABC's flagship 4Corners program, also hit out at Ms Guthrie following her shock dismissal.

Last June, she took these criticisms to task, arguing the ABC had become "a punching bag by narrow political, commercial or ideological interests" during a speech to the Melbourne Press Club.

The challenges are nothing new - the ABC has always received pressure from the government of the day over its news coverage. Why did the ABC board move so decisively and why now?

"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", she wrote.

Milne and Guthrie reportedly had a frosty relationship, clashing over how to deal with a hostile government in Canberra.

The board is appointed by the federal government, with Milne, who is also chairman of MYOB and a former NBNCo director, chosen for the role by his friend and former PM Malcolm Turnbull a year ago.

Michelle Guthrie responded to the announcement of her sacking saying she was "devastated" and considering her legal options after " the board's decision to terminate my employment despite no claim of wrongdoing on my part".

Now she makes her exit from one of the country's most important media roles, in circumstances which attract the full glare of the public's attention.

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