Several months into her tenure, opinions about managing director Michelle Guthrie are still to solidify, writes Walkley-winning journalist Margaret Simons in a new Monthly cover essay out on Monday.

The essay, for which Guthrie declined to give an interview, raises concerns about Guthrie's desire to have the ABC reach 100% of Australians. The BBC, Simons notes, aims for this by competing with Britain's commercial broadcasters, airing popular sport, reality television and an FM-style Top 40 format on radio. Given the ABC's constrained budget, Simons queries what this will mean for things like ABC Classic FM and Radio National.