What on earth is the government's explanation for Michelle Guthrie's apparent sacking as head of the ABC.
Guthrie's CV includes senior roles at News International and Google, a combination of old and new media that was seen as positioning the ABC to continue its digital evolution.
Milne said: "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".
"This decision has been driven by our commitment to deliver the best possible outcomes for our loyal audiences and the best possible experience for our own people".
Earlier this morning, the national broadcaster announced Guthrie's employment had been terminated immediately, after it decided her leadership was no longer in the interests of the ABC, its staff and audiences.
She was given the benefit of the doubt, Faine said, and "most of us were excited ... that a woman clearly on top of new media" was taking the helm. She was less than two and a half years into a five-year contract. Sometimes it takes a while for it not to work out.
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'I am devastated by the board's decision to terminate my employment despite no claim of wrongdoing on my part, ' Ms Guthrie said in a statement on Monday.
David Anderson, a 30-year ABC veteran, will be acting managing director while a formal search process involving internal and external candidates begins.
The ABC managing director is appointed by the broadcaster's board, independent of government.
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".
Prime Minister Scott Morrison resisted commenting specifically on the news, saying the decision was for the board to make.
"In accordance with the ABC Act, all content on ABC platforms and services is advertisement free", a spokeswoman for the ABC said. Ten daily understands immediate reactions inside ABC's Sydney headquarters was mixed.