ABC Chairman resigns after a week of chaos

ABC Chairman Justin Milne has resigned from his position after allegations he was putting pressure on the national broadcaster’s  top reporters.

His departure is just four days after Managing Director Michelle Guthrie was sacked.

Mr Milne told the ABC this week’s event were a “firestorm”.


“Clearly there is a lot of pressure on the organisation, and as always, my interests have been to look after the interests of the corporation,” he said.

“It’s clearly not a good thing for everybody to be trying to do their job with this kind of firestorm going on.”

He’s been under pressure since Fairfax filed explosive reports that Mr Milne had urged the then Managing Director, Michelle Guthrie, to sack two high-profile reporters because the Government hated them.

The ABC’s communications department is investigating these allegations.

The national broadcaster’s board met this morning without Mr Milne and asked him to step aside until an investigation was finished, he promptly resigned.

At time of publishing the ABC had not replaced Mr Milne with an Acting Chairman.