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Former ABC editor: My story was pulled to keep Malcolm Turnbull happy

A former technology editor at the ABC claims his story was pulled to keep Malcolm Turnbull happy.

His comments come after a horror week for the national broadcaster, which began when the ABC’s managing director Michelle Guthrie was sacked on Monday.

The now-former ABC Chairman Justin Milne resigned on Thursday, after explosive reports emerged that he demanded two high-profile journalists be sacked to appease the federal government.

The former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has denied ever pressuring the ABC to have reporters turfed.

Ex-ABC technology editor Nick Ross has spoken up amid the chaos at the network, claiming a story he wrote relating to the National Broadband Network was pulled in 2013 to keep Malcolm Turnbull happy.

Mr Turnbull was the Shadow Communications Minister at the time Nick wrote the story and presented it to management.

“In early 2013, I tried to publish an article I’d been researching on the state of Australia’s copper network,” Nick tells Luke Grant.

“I looked for every single piece of information in the public domain and talked to all kinds of people.

“I was finally ready to publish in around March 2013 and took it to my boss, the head of current affairs.

“He said there’s nothing wrong with the piece… but we’re not going to publish it because it’ll upset Malcolm Turnbull and management don’t want to do that because they’re expecting the Liberals to win that 2013 election.

“So they sat on it even though it detailed how terrible the copper network was.”

Nick worked at the ABC for five years, before leaving in 2016.

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