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Australian Broadcasting Corporation Chairman Justin Milne resigned on Thursday over claims he failed to uphold editorial independence.
Media commentators are now calling for tighter rules to safeguard the ABC from political interference.
This follows the leaking of an alleged email from Milne to sacked ABC Managing Director Michele Guthrie suggesting she "get rid of" economics reporter Emma Alberici following complaints from the Federal Government.
ABC investigative reporter and president of the MEAA house committee Stephen Long said Milne's position had become untenable once it became clear he had pressed to have journalists sacked in order to appease the government.
"Mr Milne clearly did not understand that this conduct undermined the independence of the ABC and the ability of its staff to report without fear and favour.”
“It’s a chance to rebuild a new managing director and new chair. What a great opportunity that will all depend on the new chairman,” Mr Long said.
Milne resigned only a few days after Guthrie was sacked by the board midway through her term.
Some of the reasons cited for the dumping of Guthrie included her "leadership style" and her inability to cultivate relationships in Canberra.
The head of the University of Technology Sydney's Centre for Media Transition, Peter Fray, said Milne had made the right decision. “He had to go.”
“The act says that they can’t interfere in the editorial independence in the ABC. I think Mr Milne has overstepped the mark and paid the price.”
The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance reiterated its stance saying that if reports of editorial interference were true "they would indicate Mr Milne has no understanding of editorial independence, proper complaints handling processes, or the appropriate distance a board chair needs to keep from staffing matters".
A statement from the ABC board said: "The board acknowledges Mr Milne's experienced leadership and contribution. . . and is grateful for his willingness to put the ABC first in coming to his decision to resign."
Additional reporting Aurora Steele.