Mike Tancred to leave AOC after controversial tenure as media director

Mike Tancred to leave AOC after controversial tenure as media director

Mike Tancred to leave AOC after controversial tenure as media director

Updated 14 September 2017, 12:55 AEST

Mike Tancred is on his way out the door at the AOC after a controversial tenure as media director.

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has announced that controversial media director Mike Tancred will leave the organisation.

The AOC also announced that the independent committee into his conduct found that he did not breach by-laws.

Two positions will be created to replace Mr Tancred, including one to implement recommendations to reform the AOC culture.

Mr Tancred was severely reprimanded for his conduct towards former chief executive Fiona de Jong, and complaints against him sparked a review that criticised the culture within the AOC.

He also faced allegations he bullied other former staff members and a member of the public.

But the independent committee determined the accusers were not objective and the accusations were inflated during Danni Roche's unsuccessful run against John Coates for the AOC presidency.

"We have no doubt that some of the matters have been given emphasis, sometimes undue or excessive emphasis, by reason of and during the course of an election for the office of president of the AOC involving a challenge to the current president who has been in that role for many years," its report said.

"The election attracted a great deal of publicity. Each of Mr Coates and his challenger had his and her supporters, including prominent columnists and commentators in the print and electronic media.

"It seems to us that in some respects Mr Tancred was a casualty of the crossfire between the respective camps."

Mr Coates said his media director had been a tireless worker across 18 years and 10 Olympic Games.

"He understands that National Olympic Committees must preserve their independence and autonomy and was never backward in supporting me publicly to ensure our politicians and others are aware of this essential requirement for recognition by the IOC," he said.

AOC chief executive Matt Carroll also thanked Mr Tancred for his contribution and wished him "all the best for the future".

De Jong declined to comment when contacted by the ABC, while Mr Tancred is unable to comment due to a confidentiality agreement.