Why was Herald Sun editor Bruce Guthrie sacked? He was told it was because he couldn't get on with his boss Herald Sun managing director and former editor-in-chief Peter Blunden. But was the real reason for his removal a front-page story that embarrassed Victoria's police commissioner?

Rumours are swirling through the media industry that Guthrie's dismissal was triggered by a complaint directly to Rupert Murdoch about a Herald Sun report of controversial free travel taken by Victorian police chief Christine Nixon courtesy of Qantas in late October.