She confirmed declining an offer of a role with ABC News Channel and to work fulltime on Foreign Correspondent (she was most recently a contributing reporter).
Alberici has also been subjected to ongoing press coverage over her recent role as chief economics correspondent, around which ABC acknowledged “factual errors”, and an ensuing Fair Work Commission claim.
On social media she responded to the latest reports.
Earlier today The Australian published leaked correspondence from Alberici’s lawyer Chris McArdle, reportedly sent to ABC’s managing director David Anderson in July, in which ABC news director Gaven Morris is accused of telling Alberici that ex-PM Malcolm Turnbull was constantly calling him to make complaints.
“Mr Morris has complained to our client that she is the cause of the ‘prime minister ringing him’ with complaints,” the legal letter from McArdle Legal says.
“The allegation that former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull made a phone call to ABC director news Gaven Morris on any matter is incorrect,” an ABC spokesman said. “The ABC has no further comment to make.”
Turnbull has since weighed in on social media.
In 2018 reports also emerged that former ABC chairman Justin Milne told former managing director Michelle Guthrie Alberici should be sacked, because the government “hated her.” It was reported Turnbull had sent a list of 11 grievances to Gaven Morris.
Meanwhile, McArdle today told The Age he was “stumped” by the leak.
“I don’t know whose interest it was in to have that stuff [released to media] the day after we did a deal,” he said. “Emma is very distressed by what has been done to her but she has now settled her dispute and it’s over. She was unhappy with the past but she is happy with the present and she embraces the future.”