The board's statement doesn't say why it lost confidence in Guthrie.
She stepped down in March this year to focus on her role at the ABC.
"No. Look, I don't know and I can't speak on behalf of the rest of the leadership team", he said. She has copped criticism for her employment history with News Corp and a perception she did not defend the ABC enough from opponents of the public broadcaster; and also came under fire for repeated controversial on-air episodes which upset members of the conservative Coalition government.
The last time the ABC board got rid of its boss was in 2001 when Jonathan Shier was quietly shown the door and handed $1 million to go through it.
"This decision has been driven by our commitment to deliver the best possible outcomes for our loyal audiences and the best possible experience for our own people", he added.
Guthrie fired back at the Liberal Party in May, shooting down the suggestion that the national broadcaster should be privatised.
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Addressing the Melbourne Press Club in June, she said the commercial sector would not welcome competition from a new advertising behemoth.
The Australian spoke to a number of current and former ABC and industry executives who requested anonymity.
Melbourne radio host Jon Faine, who's been at the broadcast for almost 30 years and three months ago attacked Guthrie saying he was "sick of getting it ripped apart because of the failure of our managers" and being "done over" by the government, this morning launched another attack on the departed MD saying her tenure had been an "astonishing fail".
Guthrie replaced Mark Scott as managing director in May 2016, after he had previously remained in charge for a decade. "This whittling away of our funding represents a real opportunity cost and, in the end, serves only to punish those audiences".
An ABC broadcaster has lashed out at his former boss just hours after she was sacked halfway through her five-year term.
Michelle Guthrie must be wondering why she signed up for a job for which she can be sacked "without cause" and without compensation.
Mr Anderson is the director, entertainment & specialist responsible for broadcast, television networks, radio music networks, podcasts and specialist radio content.