ABC chairman quits after damaging revelations

September 27, 2018

The ABC's embattled chairman Justin Milne has quit after days of chaos and deeply damaging allegations about his role in recent managerial controversy.

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has questioned whether a politicised inquiry into the matter can be balanced given that Labor and the Greens will try to politicised it.

The Daily Telegraph reports, Mr Milne was not present at an emergency ABC board meeting this morning, a meeting that requested that he step aside.

It was then announced that Mr Milne had resigned completely to end the “firestorm” that has engulfed the public broadcaster this week, with emails indicating he had demanded staff be sacked because they were “hated” by the government.

Leigh Sales has interviewed Mr Milne for a segment that will air on 7.30 tonight.

In a clip of the interview, Mr Milne denied he failed to protect the editorial independence of the ABC or that he was under political pressure of any kind.

“Absolutely 100 per cent not. In fact I feel that the interests of the ABC have always been upmost in my mind and just to get it on the record for you, there was absolutely no interference in the independence of the ABC by the government,” he said.

“Nobody from the government has ever rung me.”

Senator Bernardi has told the ABC's Sabra Lane we need to wait to see the outcome of a government inquiry into the recent events at the national broadcaster.

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