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Report: Former ABC MD Michelle Guthrie given $800,000 payout

Michelle Guthrie, former managing director of Australian pubcaster ABC, received an AUS$800,000 payout following her ouster from the company in September, according to a report from ABC News. While an ...
November 26, 2018

Michelle Guthrie, former managing director of Australian pubcaster ABC, received an AUS$800,000 payout following her ouster from the company in September, according to a report from ABC News.

While an ABC spokesperson would not comment to ABC News on the exact amount, multiple sources close to the negotiations confirmed the sum to reporters. The spokesperson did, however, say that the payment was “in line with her contractual entitlements.”

The ABC is reporting that Guthrie is still suing for more, and has lodged a case with Australia’s Fair Work Commission. At the time of her dismissal, after serving two and a half years of a five-year contract, she had said that she would be considering her legal options.

Immediately following the move to fire Guthrie, the ABC was rocked by more internal upheaval, with the resignation of chairman Justin Milne, who left his post after allegations surfaced that he had instructed Guthrie to fire senior ABC reporter Emma Alberici on the grounds that the Australian government “hates” her.

In early October, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison appointed Kirstin Ferguson as the acting chair for the ABC. David Anderson is currently serving as acting managing director.

Milne has denied the allegations. Both Guthrie and Milne have been invited to appear before Australia’s Senate at an inquiry about the ABC affair on Friday (November 30).

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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