If it emerges that the board feels an emphasis on traditional ABC strengths - news, especially regional news - is required, it will represent a win for critics.
"It was their decision and their deliberations, I'm not privy to the deliberations".
ABC Chairman Justin Milne said the decision was made in the "long-term interests of our own people and the millions of Australians who engage with ABC content every week".
In the wake of her firing, a two-word response by veteran ABC journalist and 4 Corners executive producer Sally Neighbour appeared to sum up the reaction of some senior staff at the ABC. "That said, I think Michelle tried hard and was involved with government", he said.
Mr Anderson, the ABC's director of entertainment and specialist, will serve as acting managing director until a formal search process finds a successor.
She was given the benefit of the doubt, Faine said, and "most of us were excited ... that a woman clearly on top of new media" was taking the helm.
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".
An ABC broadcaster has lashed out at his former boss just hours after she was sacked halfway through her five-year term.
Oil stable, OPEC in focus after Trump call for lower prices
Still, concerns remain that supplies could tighten as a November deadline for American sanctions on Iranian oil approaches. Ministers from more than 20 of the 25 countries in the OPEC/non-OPEC coalition are expected to attend the Algiers summit.
Guthrie has been a divisive figure during her tenure as ABC boss.
The board of directors decided she had to go "in the best interests of the ABC".
At no point had any issues been raised with her about the transformation, the Investing in Audiences strategy or her effectiveness in delivering that strategy, she added.
"I wanted to continue the transformation of the ABC and to support the great work of ABC's dedicated and passionate employees to ensure our continuing trust, quality and distinctiveness as the source of Australian culture, conversations and stories.
We appreciate that a change in leadership creates uncertainty, however, we are firmly of the view that this decisions is in the best interest of the organisation", he said.
Both Mr Milne and Ms Guthrie declined to comment on specific questions about both these instances.
He said it was an honour to lead the corporation.