"I Am Devastated": Michelle Guthrie Considering Legal Action After ABC Sacking

The ABC Just Sensationally Sacked Its Managing Director & This Is Fine

The ABC Just Sensationally Sacked Its Managing Director & This Is Fine

Michelle Guthrie, ABC's managing director who was sacked by the board this morning, is considering her legal options, claiming the board had no grounds to terminate her employment. 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.

"It was their decision and their deliberations, I'm not privy to the deliberations".

Mr Anderson stepped into the top job following the abrupt dismissal of Ms Guthrie yesterday, halfway through her five-year term.

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"I am considering my legal options", Guthrie said. "This is entirely a board decision".

4 Corners executive producer Sally Neighbour tweeted it was an "excellent decision" and broadcaster John Faine accused her of an "astonishing fail" in not championing the cause of the ABC more prominently.

"When I joined ABC in 2016, I knew I had an enormous challenge in front of me to break down some of the internal barriers to progress as well as continuing to deliver quality programming for all Australians".

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

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In an email to staff at the time, she said: "I am very disappointed and concerned that after the measures we have introduced in recent years to deliver better and more efficient services, the government has now seen fit to deliver what amounts to a further substantial budget cut. But we have a clear plan for the present and a vision for the future".

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.

"This includes refocusing daily journalism away from lifestyle content and "clickbait" and back towards news and current affairs", the union said.

In a statement to staff the board said it had determined it was "not in the best interests of the ABC for Ms Guthrie to continue to lead the organisation".

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