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‘She got sacked for being hopeless’: Big Guns respond to ABC boss dumping

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The boss of the ABC has been sacked halfway through her five-year term.

Michelle Guthrie was abruptly let go by the public broadcaster’s board today after they lost confidence in her leadership and decision-making.

The former Foxtel and Google executive says she’s “devastated” by the sacking and could sue, saying there’s no justification for her removal.

The Big Guns have weighed in on the surprise dumping, with Andrew Bolt questioning whether we’ve been told the full story.

“If they said they’d sacked her because she was pushing a disastrous kind of identity politics, choosing presenters basically on the grounds of their accent or their skin colour, and for her failure to actually rein in the ABC’s rampant left-wing bias, I’d say it was a good move,” Andrew tells Deborah Knight.

“But I find it absolutely extraordinary that the head of the ABC, that we pay $1 million nearly a year to her… can be sacked by an unelected chairman appointed by Malcolm Turnbull and we’re not told why?

“How the hell can that happen?”

Graham Richardson says the ABC had plenty of areas to fix when they brought Ms Guthrie on board, and they haven’t been addressed.

“I reckon given the performance of the ABC in recent times she got sacked for being hopeless and so she should have been.

“Externally, the ABC had a lot of things to fix and none of them were fixed during her reign.”

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The Big Guns have also weighed in on the Coalition’s latest Newspoll loss, which sees the government trailing Labor 46-54 after preferences.

“When you get a mark like that, you can’t be happy,” Graham tells Deborah Knight. “That is a disastrous result.”

Deborah Knight