The chairman of the ABC reportedly told sacked managing director Michelle Guthrie to fire presenter Emma Alberici after former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull complained about her reporting.
The instruction came in an email from Chairman Justin Milne to Ms Guthrie in May, Fairfax Media reported on Wednesday.
“They [the government]hate her,” Mr Milne wrote.
“We are tarred with her brush. I think it’s simple. Get rid of her. We need to save the ABC – not Emma. There is no guarantee they [the coalition]will lose the next election.”
The comments were circulated to members of the ABC board a week before Ms Guthrie was sacked on Monday.
Mr Turnbull in May sent a list of concerns to ABC news director Gaven Morris about Ms Alberici’s coverage of the government.