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ABC boss Michelle Guthrie ousted from role as managing director

ABC boss Michelle Guthrie ousted from role as managing director”

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".

The board of directors decided she had to go "in the best interests of the ABC".

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

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. She said there is no justification for the Board to trigger the termination cause and she is considering her legal options.

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.

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Mr Milne said the decision follows discussions with directors and Ms Guthrie, 53, over "several months".

She was also critical of the government's competitive neutrality inquiry into how the ABC and the SBS operate alongside their commercial counterparts.

David Anderson, the ABC director of entertainment and specialist, will serve as acting managing director until a formal search process finds Ms Guthrie's successor.

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

The chairman was meeting with the ABC leadership team today.

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"The board wishes to thank Michelle for her contribution to the ABC".

Guthrie, a lawyer who ran Star TV in Hong Kong and then worked at Google, came to the ABC in May 2016 to replace Mark Scott.

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".

One ABC executive said the relationship between the pair was known to be "frosty".

In a later interview on ABC News, Milne said the board had been "looking at the question of Michelle's ongoing employment for the last couple of months". The Federal Budget this year froze the ABC's funding CPI indexation, resulting in a $83.7 million hole over the three years from July next year. We'll update this story when we know more.

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