From sackings to political scandals, funding cuts to good old-fashioned cock-ups, the national broadcaster didn't have a great one.
Government funded content might not need to go through a big (old) corporation, argues one media analyst.
The government has definitively told the ABC that if they're not going to stay off the media oligopolies' turf, then they'll be starved. It's going to take some shrewd maneuvering for the broadcaster to come out the other side.
The government singled out the ABC for particular punishment in this year's budget, while it has showered cash on its competitors.
Making the ABC ad-free was a political decision, not an ideological one, but once the national broadcaster goes into the business of making money it will never come back.
Remember when Tony Abbott promised no cuts to the ABC? "No cuts" turned out to mean $101 million worth of cuts.
ABC news director Kate Torney is leaving the public broadcaster to become CEO of the State Library of Victoria. She reflects on a very turbulent tenure.
The ABC has been at the centre of a political tug-of-war for decades, writes freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian.