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Google exec Michelle Guthrie to head up Australia's ABC

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Google executive Michelle Guthrie has been hired by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) to replace Mark Scott as its managing director. It is the first time the broadcaster has hired a woman for the position. Ms Guthrie joined Google in 2011 and is currently working in the technology giant's offices in Singapore.

Mr Scott, who has headed up ABC since 2006, announced his departure. He was responsible for introducing News 24 to the ABC and oversaw a large range of big cuts to the broadcaster's budget.Ms Guthrie's role as managing director will see her become a part of the broadcaster's board, and will include the role of the ABC's editor-in-chief. Ms Guthrie's salary package would amount to 900,000 Australian dollars ($644,767; £432,520) - an increase from Mr Scott's A$823,613. She has experience included working with various media firms, including Foxtel, BskyB and Star. The ABC board made this appointment following a thorough local and international search that produced an outstanding field of candidates, ABC chairman James Spigelman said.