Sacked ABC boss Michelle Guthrie considers legal options

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On her watch the ABC embarked on a transformation program that saw it invest in digital initiatives, often to increase output of "lifestyle" content, de-fund some "harder" traditional television and radio programs, and collaborated with commercial media organisations on major investigations.

What on earth is the government's explanation for Michelle Guthrie's apparent sacking as head of the ABC.

Despite offering praise for some of Ms Guthrie's work, Mr Milne said her "leadership style" was a factor in the board's decision. And why did The Australian break the news, thus insinuating the ABC's employees weren't among the first o know?

In the wake of her firing, a two-word response by veteran ABC journalist and 4 Corners executive producer Sally Neighbour appeared to sum up the reaction of some senior staff at the ABC.

"As the first female managing director of the ABC, I felt a tremendous responsibility and unique privilege to lead Australia's most important cultural institution".

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'Whoever the next MD is, they need a deep understanding of the history, goal and importance of an independent public broadcaster, and be ready to fight bare-knuckled to protect it, ' Ms Phillips wrote.

David Anderson, the director of entertainment, is acting managing director.

Her mission as managing director, as she saw it, was to ensure the national broadcaster's longevity for future generations. She said there is no justification for the Board to trigger the termination cause and she is considering her legal options.

"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.

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".

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"The government thanks Michelle Guthrie and acknowledges her service as managing director of the ABC for the past two and a half years in what is a challenging and rapidly changing media environment".

Why did the ABC board move so decisively and why now?

"The board has given long and detailed consideration to this serious matter", said Milne, who came in as chair after Guthrie was appointed.

"I recognise the challenges involved in transitions of this kind but I am honoured to accept the board's invitation and look forward to working with our outstanding people to execute our strategy".

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