Tabling the report, Fifield revealed Milne had told him on September.
12 that the board did not believe Guthrie was best placed to lead the
organisation, and that he would be telling her that next day.
Mrdak, who interviewed both Milne and Guthrie, said they had no doubt the government was “very concerned at the issues of opinion and accuracy and editorial standards raised” in the several pieces.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has proposed a separate day to celebrate Indigenous Australians.
It was a week that saw the ABC's managing director and the chair of its board go, with many questions still to be answered; meanwhile Scott Morrison gave the ongoing controversy over Australia Day a new lease of life.
It has been a turbulent week for the ABC, with questions still to be answered, particularly by the board.
After a dramatic week at the ABC that sees them without a permanent managing director nor a chair, there remain serious questions about government interference and the broadcaster's independence.
Justin Milne, returning to his home in Sydney after resigning from his post as chairman of ABC.
The ABC chairman's resignation provides some resolution to the crisis, but a discussion is sorely needed about other threats to the broadcaster's independence.
Before Milne’s announcement Communications Minister Mitch Fifield.
conspicuously failed to back him when addressing reporters.
According to the report, Milne had said that if Guthrie didn't fire Probyn, she would be jeopardising half a billion dollars in funding for the proposed Jetstream infrastructure project.
Reports this week revealed that ABC Chairman Justin Milne called for a journalist to be fired after receiving complaints from the government.
The ABC Act clearly states the board is duty-bound to 'maintain the independence and integrity' of the broadcaster. Milne's actions appear to have compromised both values.
ABC staff call for chairman Justin Milne to step aside at a meeting on Wednesday.
Flaws in the ABC Act set up conflict and allow the government to pressure it.
In a text message exchange with ABC radio presenter Rafael Epstein, Mr Milne said “yes” when asked if he intended to remain in the role.
The ABC affair – which began with the sacking of Guthrie - spun out of control on Wednesday, following the leaking to Fairfax Media of a highly damaging email, showing Milne's editorial interference.
Rolling cuts, plummeting morale and a hostile government - Michelle Guthrie had much to contend with as managing director.
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A former senior manager with the ABC laments the poor choice of Michelle Guthrie as managing director, leaving her - and the organisation - in an invidious position.
Former ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie looking toward a different future earlier this year at the ABC’s first Annual Public Meeting.
ABC boss Michelle Guthrie sacked, but the board won’t say why.
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ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie was sacked today, despite being less than halfway through her five-year term. The major question is: why? Today on the podcast, we explore the possibilities.
A journalist prepares for a live cross after it was announced that ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie had been sacked by the board.
One of the reasons the managing director failed was that she did not understand the journalism she was overseeing, and that weakness filtered down the ranks.
Michelle Guthrie has been criticised for not standing up for the organisation sufficiently, and for her lack of journalistic experience.
In a blunt statement, the ABC board has announced the end of Guthrie's tenure as managing director, declaring it was "not in the best interests" of the organisation for her to continue leading it.
Evie Macdonald in First Day (2017), which won a prestigious children’s television award earlier this year.
Amid endless reviews into the future of local screen content, uncertainty reigns on issues such as the impact of Netflix, the fate of local content quotas and funding for original children's TV.
Recently Telstra, the big four banks, and the ABC have used technology to replace workers.
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Management trumps technology in making companies productive, but that doesn't mean firms can be complacent when it comes to keeping up with change.
Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon smiles for the cameras during a 1968 news conference.
Fifty years ago, an insurance agent named Paul Simpson was convinced of rampant bias on the evening news. So he embarked on a project to record each broadcast and store them at Vanderbilt University.
“We are driving a program of cultural change, supported by a dedicated communications strategy, to embed a strong protective security culture in PM&C,” secretary Martin Parkinson has said.
The head of the prime minister's department says an investigation by the Australian Federal Police has found "the breach was not a deliberate act motivated by criminal or malicious intent".
Author Tom Keneally, actress Magda Szubanski and journalist Kerry O'Brien are among the ABC’s high-profile supporters.
The public broadcaster's editorial independence must be protected at all costs – from within and without.
With reviews into the ABC underway on its competitive neutrality and its efficiency, Milne said that, echoing the past, some rivals urged the ABC should be banned from providing digital services and restricted to linear radio and television.
In a strong defence of the public broadcaster, its chairman has warned against clipping the ABC's digital wings and defended its place in preserving the nation's identity.
News Corp is not unhappy to see the ABC, its perennial target, disadvantaged and intends to extract benefit for itself from the situation.
The federal parliamentary press gallery committee - which mostly looks after routine matters affecting its members - has taken a defiant stand to the ban, which has been endorsed by Fairfax.
Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull has relied on Nauru President Baron Waqa to house hundreds of asylum seekers and refugees turned away from Australia.
Is Malcolm Turnbull too beholden to Nauru to intervene after the country refuses to grant a visa to Australia's state broadcaster?