ABC board says it appointed investigator day before Guthrie sacked

“We are united in defending the independence of the Corporation.”

The board of the ABC released this statement yesterday:

This board has always acted in the best interests of the ABC, has fully debated any issues presented to it and ensured that editorial independence has been maintained. We are united in defending the independence of the Corporation. We have done our job thoughtfully and with due regard to board process.

To clarify various media reports, the board received a letter from the former Managing Director late on Friday September 21, 2018. In that letter, Ms Guthrie responded to several issues that the board raised with her. In addition, the former Managing Director raised other matters that she requested the board investigate on a confidential basis.

The board resolved on Sunday September 23, 2018 to appoint an external, independent expert advisor to investigate these matters. That investigation is under way, and it is not appropriate for the board or the ABC to make any further comment pending its completion.

The board is focused on supporting the Acting Managing Director David Anderson, his leadership team and all employees in fulfilling the ABC’s Charter remit and serving the community.

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