Details continue to emerge about turmoil and tensions inside the ABC after tumultuous week for the national broadcaster in which it has lost its managing director Michelle Guthrie and chairman Justin Milne.
One of the critical developments earlier this week was the revelation that Milne had pressured Guthrie to fire chief economics correspondent Emma Alberici, whose reporting had been under fire from the office of then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Milne, it had emerged, told Guthrie back in May that senior government figures “hate her [Alberici]” and her continued presence was damaging to the ABC’s relationship with the government.
Milne, who resigned yesterday, has argued that the comment was taken out of context. Fairfax Media last night published the full text of the email. It turns out it was a lot more colourful than initially reported — not least because Milne’s actual words about Alberici were, “They fricken hate her”.
Via the SMH:
“After two glasses of red of course there’s an agenda. They fricken hate her. She keeps sticking it to them with a clear bias against them. We clear her as ok. We r tarred with her brush. I just think it’s simple. Get rid of her. My view is we need to save the corporation not Emma. There is no g’tee they will lose the next election [sic].”
It is unclear, Fairfax reports, what the reference to “after two glasses of red” means.
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