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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. Joel Carrett/AAP

Government sets up inquiry into embattled ABC chairman’s email

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.
Former ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie looking toward a different future earlier this year at the ABC’s first Annual Public Meeting. JOEL CARRETT/AAP

Media Files: ABC boss Michelle Guthrie sacked, but the board won’t say why

ABC boss Michelle Guthrie sacked, but the board won’t say why. The Conversation37.5 MB (download)
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.
Michelle Guthrie has been criticised for not standing up for the organisation sufficiently, and for her lack of journalistic experience. AAP/Julian Smith

ABC board sacks managing director Michelle Guthrie

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. Epic Films

Why it’s time to end the policy limbo threatening Australian children’s TV

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.
“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. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Officers ‘sanctioned’ for ‘human error’ in filing cabinet affair

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".
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. Joel Carrett/AAP

ABC chairman Milne attacks ‘self-serving’ commercial critics

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. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Nauru’s ban on ABC splits commercial media

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.
Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Treasurer Scott Morrison announce the passage of their income tax package. AAP/Mick Tsikas

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the federal government’s tax package, the ABC and the ‘Super Saturday’ byelections

It was a busy week in politics, with the federal government passing its income tax package, more squabbling over the ABC, and all parties gearing up for the July 28 byelections.
Michelle Guthrie pointed out that the broadcaster’s per capita funding had halved in real terms in three decades while the demands on it had increased. Joel Carrett/AAP

ABC contributes as much to the economy as it costs the taxpayer: Michelle Guthrie

Michelle Guthrie has hit back against critics with a Deloitte Access Economics assessment the public broadcaster contributed more than $1 billion to the Australian economy in the last financial year.
Mitch Fifield and the Prime Minister’s Office often fire off complaints about errors and interpretations. Joel Carrett/AAP

View from The Hill: Threat to the ABC is not sale but more bullying

It has been described as virtue-signalling to the base. I think it is rather more serious. It will reinforce the anti-ABC sentiment of some in government ranks - which has reached absurd levels.
Shorten declared the Coalition had “launched the biggest attack on the ABC in a generation”. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Shorten promises to reverse budget cut to the ABC

Shorten has moved to make the ABC an election issue promising to reverse the Turnbull government's $83.7 million budget cut and to guarantee funding certainty over the broadcaster's next budget cycle.

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