Michelle Guthrie receives $800,000 payout

Josh McDonnell
By Josh McDonnell | 27 November 2018

Former managing director of the ABC Michelle Guthrie has reportedly been paid $800,000 following her dismissal from the public broadcaster earlier this year.

The ex-ABC boss, who had her contract terminated in late September, has been on the war path following her sacking, which also led to Justin Milne stepping down from his role as chairman of the ABC board.

A spokesperson for the ABC confirmed that Guthrie had been paid out in "accordance with her contractual entitlements" but declined to comment on the amount paid.

Guthrie has also launched legal action against the ABC with the Fair Work Commission, represented by law firm Johnson Winter and Slattery who allege that Guthrie's termination breached the protections of the Fair Work Act.

According to the ABC's annual report for 2017-18, Guthrie was paid $963,991 during the last financial year, an increase from $890,987 the year prior.

Guthrie stated at the time of her departure that she was "devastated" by the board's decision, adding that there were no grounds for her firing.

The months following Guthrie's departure have been tumultuous for the ABC, with Guthrie also accusing Milne of "touching her inappropriately" at a function this time last year.

“Inappropriate touching is the best description of it. I felt icky. It was unprofessional and inappropriate," Guthrie told ABC's 4Corners, in a special investigation into the relationship between the two.

Declining to comment further, Guthrie added that she had made the incident known to the ABC board prior to her being removed from the MD role earlier this year.

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