Former ABC chairman Justin Milne wanted to pay Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue $750,000 as part of a $3 million public relations campaign for the broadcaster.
According to Fairfax Media, Milne thought the bid would help funding negotiations with Canberra.
The broadcaster has shed about 1,000 jobs since 2014.
While admitting it wasn’t his idea, Milne thought it would be “cool” and would help the ABC boost its image.
Former managing director Michelle Guthrie apparently did not feel the same, and shot down the proposal.
Milne stood down last week after it was revealed he asked Guthrie to sack chief economics correspondent Emma Alberici and two other journalists.
The Sydney Morning Herald has more here.
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