Leigh Sales grilled former ABC chairman Justin Milne for answers in a heated interview on 7.30 following his controversial resignation on Thursday afternoon.
The host pressed embattled Mr Milne on the sacking of former managing director Michelle Guthrie after he refused to divulge details surrounding her shock departure.
Ms Sales probed Mr Milne when he repeatedly gave vague answers to questions about Ms Guthrie’s firing on Monday, appearing frustrated at how little he was prepared to give away.
Leigh Sales grilled former ABC chairman Justin Milne (pictured) for answers in a heated interview on 7.30 following his controversial resignation Thursday afternoon
‘The Australian taxpayer funds the ABC, don’t they deserve a better explanation than “Oh well we just felt that she wasn’t delivering what we wanted” which is essentially what you’ve offered?,’ Ms Sales asked.
Mr Milne responded that he felt ‘disinclined to provide any more information’ beyond the fact he and senior members decided the company was better off without her.
‘I don’t want to damage Michelle in any way at all and I don’t want to sit here and ventilate all the things that we didn’t like about her leadership,’ he said.
While he dismissed reports he referred to Ms Guthrie as ‘the missus’ while they were both still employed at ABC, he did not deny he often referred to women as ‘chicks’.
‘I think I do that with people I like, I don’t do it all the time, but I think I do it to try to relax people and try to be friendly with people.
Ms Sales (pictured) probed Mr Milne when he repeatedly gave vague answers to questions about Ms Guthrie’s firing on Monday, appearing frustrated at how little he gave away
‘I certainly don’t use that word in a derisive or denigrating way,’ he said.
In the wake of the loss of both its managing director and chairman, Mr Milne offered some cringeworthy advice for those continuing with the broadcaster.
In a bizarre imparting of wisdom, seemingly borrowed from the side of an inspirational coffee mug, he advised that staff ‘keep calm and carry on’.
‘Well I think the ABC needs to keep calm and carry on, and that’s the reason I’m resigning, to provide a safety valve or a pressure release valve to allow them to do that.’
‘The first thing is keep calm and carry on, the second is do the great stuff that you do – the ABC is a national treasure. It’s been one for 83 years and I hope for another 83 years.’
In a bizarre imparting of wisdom, seemingly borrowed from the side of an inspirational coffee mug, he advised that staff ‘keep calm and carry on’