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ABC boss’ pay passes $1 million for first time

The report shows Ms Guthrie took home $212,000 of her regular salary before being fired. She then received a $1.35 million termination package.

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Michael Mason, the former director of ABC regional and local who left the broadcaster soon after Ms Guthrie, received a termination payout of $643,000.

Other senior management figures at the ABC took home between $200,000 and $600,000 in 2018-19. The total bill for senior management and board members was $6 million, up from $3.6 million in 2017-18.

Earlier this year, Mr Anderson declined to accept a 2 per cent pay rise for 2019-20, awarded to him by the independent tribunal that oversees the salaries of top bureacrats. Mr Anderson said it was a personal decision given he only recently took on the role and the broadcaster’s budget squeeze.

James Taylor, managing director at the much smaller SBS, took home $809,000 in 2018-19. This included a base salary of $659,000 plus $7000 in benefits and allowances, $82,000 in superannuation and $59,000 of long service leave.

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Other executives at SBS, which has an annual budget of about $400 million, earned between $250,000 and $550,000.

The details of the ABC executive pay have been revealed as the broadcaster wrestles with a three-year funding freeze that came into effect in July.

With base funding of just over $1 billion annually, the freeze will deny the ABC $15 million in 2019-20, $28 million in 2020-21 and $41 million in 2021-22.

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