ABC Chairman James Spigelman has rejected claims made in an article that incoming ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie was a “captain’s pick” by PM Malcolm Turnbull.
In a letter to The Australian he wrote:
I refer to the article “Baptism of fire at Aunty” in which Michael Bodey again repeats some third-hand gossip in a statement attributed to “insiders”, that “Guthrie was, in essence, a captain’s pick by Malcolm Turnbull who made it known privately he was keen on a ‘woman from Google’”.
I state categorically that, before the Board’s decision, there was no communication with the Prime Minister about this appointment. When I informed him, he did not recognise her name, although he thought he had heard it. This is not surprising as she spent fifteen years abroad.
If he ever mentioned a “woman from Google”, it was not Michelle Guthrie.
I repeat, there was no political influence on the process of selecting the new Managing Director of the ABC.
Chair, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
No claim rejecting advertising to begin on Aunty though….!