ABC chairman Justin Milne just made a statement but hasn't addressed claims he wanted a journalist sacked

Michelle Guthrie. Photo: YouTube.

Justin Milne, the chairman of the ABC, today released a written statement but didn’t address claims he wanted a senior journalist sacked because she was “hated” by the Coalition government.

He says he won’t be providing commentary on day-to-day issues.

Milne and the ABC board this week sacked managing director Michelle Guthrie.

Since then emails from Milne have been leaked which show he told Guthrie to “get rid” of chief economics correspondent Emma Alberici. Guthrie refused.

In May, after emailing Milne to outline a complaint from then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about Alberici’s coverage, Guthrie was told: “They hate her.”

“We are tarred with her brush. I think it’s simple. Get rid of her. We need to save the ABC – not Emma. There is no guarantee they [the Coalition] will lose the next election,” Milne wrote.

Today Milne issued a written statement.

“The job of the ABC Board is to independently govern the Corporation, protect its best interests, ensure that it is well funded, well managed, and that our content is of the highest standards,” he said.

“That is precisely what the board has done and will continue to do. I do not propose to provide a running commentary on the day to day issues which arise as we carry out our duties.”

Milne is a former business associate of former prime minister Turnbull.

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