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Chairman of Australia's public broadcaster resigns over independence scandal

2018-09-27 07:02
The chairman of Australia's public broadcaster resigned on September 27, after allegations he appeared to bow to government pressure when he called for the removal of a senior journalist. Justin Milne, chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), said he would resign after widespread anger from staff, labour unions and lawmakers. Milne's departure comes just days after the ABC sacked former managing director Michelle Guthrie. The ABC said Guthrie was dismissed amid concerns about her leadership style. The ABC is funded by the government but is an independent body. But leaked emails from Milne appeared to suggest funding could be jeopardised if the ABC did not remove a senior journalist who had angered the government through her coverage of its corporate tax policy. Credit: Reuters