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The ABC board's inability to deal with two issues at the same time will prove fatal

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30.09.2018

To appreciate the world of pain the ABC board finds itself in, it's worth having a look at the evidence. And due to some helpful carelessness, there's loads of it to examine.

The national broadcaster was plunged into crisis last Monday with the shock sacking of the floundering and unpopular managing director Michelle Guthrie. She was soon followed out the door by chairman Justin Milne, who had made extraordinary demands to have two prominent journalists fired because his mate didn't like them. That mate just happened to be Malcolm Turnbull. Who also just happened to be the prime minister.

Guthrie and Milne have left the building, but the surviving seven members of the ABC board are now quite rightly facing the firing squad.

ABC acting chairwoman Kirstin Ferguson is under pressure to explain her role in the turmoil.

The board's actions in those crucial days are no trivial matter, because they are central to what happens next. For the broadcaster to recover, it needs an effective,........

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