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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