Music industry reacts to sacking of ABC boss Michelle Guthrie

EPA-EFE  REX  Shutterstock Michelle Guthrie Australian Broadcasting Corporation Managing Director Michelle Guthrie Melbourne Australia- 19 Jun 2018ABC (Austr

EPA-EFE REX Shutterstock Michelle Guthrie Australian Broadcasting Corporation Managing Director Michelle Guthrie Melbourne Australia- 19 Jun 2018ABC (Austr

The statement said the decision followed several months of discussion.

"This decision has been driven by our commitment to deliver the best possible outcomes for our loyal audiences and the best possible experience for our own people", he said.

"In recent years, the ABC has made some of its content available on third-party platforms and services to ensure we remain relevant, engaging and accessible to all Australians by offering them high-quality and distinctive content when and where they want it".

Much like the sudden death of a troubled celebrity, the news that ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie had been sacked was a shock that may come to seem inevitable. She was smart and we were excited.

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The ABC board has commenced a formal search, both internally and externally, for Ms Guthrie's replacement.

Guthrie responded to recent calls to privatise the ABC, and cited a preliminary report from Deloitte she commissioned, which she said found the ABC contributed $1 billion to the economy and indirectly created 2500 jobs.

Some regard Ms Guthrie as lacking some skills needed to run the national broadcaster and not being an effective lobbyist in Canberra, while others say Mr Milne was too close to former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and criticised him for lobbying politicians in Canberra directly and dealing directly with ABC executives.

"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".

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In an internal email to staff, the ABC said the board had given "long and detailed consideration to this serious matter".

Guthrie, who was only about halfway through her contract, has been under fire from critics outside the organisation and within it.

March 2017: The ABC boss announces sweeping changes at the ABC, including axing a fifth of management, spending millions worth of savings on making new content and beefing up the broadcaster's presence in regional Australia.

The broadcaster lost substantial government funding on Guthrie's watch, with many connecting the gaffes to the cuts.

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And, perhaps more importantly, is the appointment of a person who has spent the past four years looking after relationships with advertisers at Google a prelude to at least a partial commercialisation of the assets of the ABC?

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