A devastated Michelle Guthrie says no one raised any issues with her handling of the ABC's transformation before she was sacked as managing director.
"The board wishes to thank Michelle for her contribution to the ABC".
"That said, I think Michelle tried hard and was involved with government", he said.
In a statement on Monday morning, the ABC announced Guthrie had left the position, effective immediately.
Guthrie replaced Mark Scott as managing director in May 2016, after he had previously remained in charge for a decade.
"I believe there is no justification for the board to trigger that termination clause".
"That's what they're responsible for, and I'll hold them to account for that".
A number of high-profile ABC personnel welcomed the news of Ms Guthrie's dismissal, including ABC Melbourne radio host Jon Faine and Four Corners executive producer Sally Neighbour.
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"I wanted to continue the transformation of the ABC and to support the great work of ABC's dedicated and passionate employees to ensure our continuing trust, quality and distinctiveness as the source of Australian culture, conversations and stories", she said. In the first two years of my five-year term, I have invested more in investigative journalism; more in regional journalism; more in innovative content; and increased the efficiency and effectiveness of work across the ABC.
The board of directors decided she had to go "in the best interests of the ABC".
"We appreciate that a change in leadership creates uncertainty, however, we are firmly of the view that this decisions is in the best interest of the organisation", he said.
David Anderson, a 30-year veteran of the ABC, will be acting managing director while a formal search process involving internal and external candidates begins.
Clearly she has been engaged in a deteriorating relationship with the ABC board and its chairman, Justin Milne, and there has been lots of chatter that their respective visions for the organisation didn't overlap.
In an email to staff at the time, she said: "I am very disappointed and concerned that after the measures we have introduced in recent years to deliver better and more efficient services, the government has now seen fit to deliver what amounts to a further substantial budget cut".
He said it was an honour to lead the corporation.