ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie ejected - Strategy

ABC Brisbane headquarters in South Bank

ABC Brisbane headquarters in South Bank

"In resolving to seek fresh leadership, the board's foremost consideration was the long-term interests of our own people and the millions of Australians who engage with ABC content every week", Mr Milne said.

"That is possibly an area that could have been better".

The board's statement doesn't say why it lost confidence in Guthrie.

'I am considering my legal options'.

Michelle Guthrie has been dumped as the ABC's managing director, after the board decided it "was not in the best of the interests" of the broadcaster for her to finish her term.

"By law, Managing Directors are selected by the ABC Board independently of the Government and Opposition of the day", the ABC noted in its statement.

Melbourne radio host Jon Faine, who's been at the broadcast for almost 30 years and three months ago attacked Guthrie saying he was "sick of getting it ripped apart because of the failure of our managers" and being "done over" by the government, this morning launched another attack on the departed MD saying her tenure had been an "astonishing fail".

"I think it's different to what happened with [Malcolm] Turnbull, in that there isn't a voting selection here that I'm aware of that is one person over an another", he said.

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"It was their decision and their deliberations, I'm not privy to the deliberations. This is entirely a board decision".

Her departure, after serving less than half of her five year term, came after discussions with the board over several months.

4 Corners executive producer Sally Neighbour tweeted it was an "excellent decision" and broadcaster John Faine accused her of an "astonishing fail" in not championing the cause of the ABC more prominently.

At no point had any issues been raised with her about the transformation, the Investing in Audiences strategy or her effectiveness in delivering that strategy, she added.

David Anderson, a 30-year veteran of the ABC, will be acting managing director while a formal search process involving internal and external candidates begins.

In an email to staff at the time, she said: "I am very disappointed and concerned that after the measures we have introduced in recent years to deliver better and more efficient services, the government has now seen fit to deliver what amounts to a further substantial budget cut".

Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek said she was perplexed by the decision and the board's statements had not clarified it.

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