The decision to terminate the employment of ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie was handed down this morning.

ABC Chairman Justin Milne said the Board believed it was not in the best interests of the ABC for Guthrie to continue in the head role and that new leadership would benefit the company and the ABC’s audiences.

“In resolving to seek fresh leadership, the Board’s foremost consideration was the long-term interests of our own people and the millions of Australians who engage with ABC content every week,” Justin Milne said.

David Anderson, ABC director, entertainment & specialist, has been invited by the Board to serve as acting managing director until the role is filled.

Until then, we imagine the Twittersphere will continue the current string of witticisms that are now filling music industry feeds. Like this:

While it’s nice to see so many people invested in the succession plan of the entertainment industry staple, the announcement does leave us with a few questions; like why did the Board feel the public should not be told the reason behind its decision to remove Guthrie? And why did The Australian break the news, thus insinuating the ABC’s employees weren’t among the first o know?

More to come.