ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie ejected - Strategy

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie ejected - Strategy

Ms Guthrie joined the ABC as managing director after an extensive search to find a successor to Mark Scott, whose 10 years at the helm marked a period of stability and expansion for the national broadcaster.

- 'I've got to say, I'm perplexed.

But worst of all was the apprehension from within the ABC itself that her faltering relationship with the Federal Government was affecting the ABC's bottom line.

Screen Producers Australia CEO Matt Deaner thanked Guthrie for her "dedicated engagement with our sector" and said he looks forward to continuing to work with the broadcaster and its management and Board.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said Guthrie's departure was independent from the government, and her replacement would also be independently chosen.

According to a statement released by the ABC, the decision was made when the directors resolved that it was not in the best interests of the ABC for Ms Guthrie to continue to lead the organisation. She wasn't asked and didn't speak directly about her time at News Corp, but she did address questions about a partial commercialisation of the ABC, which we and others have speculated could be on the cards given her commercial experience.

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"I believe there is no justification for the board to trigger that termination clause".

'Excellent decision, ' Ms Neighbour wrote.

ABC board chairman Justin Milne.

Milne said the ABC must now push ahead with its "Jetstream" project, which involves building the digital infrastructure of the future.

David Anderson, now director, entertainment and specialist, will serve as acting MD until a new appointment is made in the coming months.

"At no point have any issues been raised with me about the transformation being undertaken, the Investing in Audiences strategy and my effectiveness in delivering against that strategy", Ms Guthrie said.

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In an email to staff on Monday afternoon, Mr Anderson said he was honoured at the appointment.

Guthrie has yet to comment on this morning's decision.

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"We all know that we face challenges around budget constraints, increased competition and changing audience behaviours".

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

Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek said she was perplexed by the decision and the board's statements had not clarified it.

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