ABC staff angry after Jill Meagher friend dismissed

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774 ABC staff in Melbourne have apparently vented their anger to GM Cath Hurley after they discovered fellow staff member Skye Condon was leaving the station.

Condon, a unit manager at the station, was a close friend of Jill Meagher and was one of the last people to see her alive. She is said to be the colleague most affected over the tragedy.

A source from the station has told Fairfax Media that the dismissal was "reprehensible" and said "staff accused Hurley of moral bankruptcy and it is thought she is trying to rid the station of Jill's memory."

Staff also accused the GM of waiting until breakfast host Jon Faine was on leave before announcing the dismissal as he was "a great defender of the staff."

An ABC spokeswoman told Fairfax Media:

"Skye has been employed at ABC Local Radio on a contract basis. At the completion of the contract period, ABC Local Radio advertised the position as an ongoing position. Another candidate, who best demonstrated the pre-requisite skills, expertise and experience, was selected to fill the role."

"Staff were advised on Friday and are understandably sad about any changes in the 774 team during this very difficult period for the station."

"All ABC staff have access to a range of counselling and support services through its Employee Assistance Program. Discussions are progressing to ensure Skye is continued to be supported at the completion of her contract at the end of July."

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