Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has admitted he contacted SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid over "offensive" tweets sent by an SBS reporter.
The reporter, Scott McIntyre, sent a barrage of tweets that questioned the validity of the Anzac narrative, describing Anzac Day commemorations “against all ideals of modern society”.
In a statement on Turnbull's website, where he responds to questions from the website Crikey, he says he condemned the comments on Twitter because McIntyre was clearly connected to SBS.
"The tweets by Mr McIntyre were made on his Twitter account which clearly identified him as an SBS reporter and which he used as part of his work at SBS to report on football," he said.
"The comments were so offensive that they deserved the widespread condemnation that they received."
Turnbull clarified that he was not responsible for the decision to sack McIntyre, announced on Sunday by Ebeid and SBS Sports Director Ken Shipp.
"As soon as I was made aware of the tweets by Mr McIntyre I drew them to the attention of the Managing Director Mr Ebeid who then investigated the matter," Turnbull said.
"The management of SBS however, not the Government, is responsible for staffing decisions at SBS."
While some agreed with the decision to sack McIntyre, others have accused SBS of curtailing free speech and solidifying the heroic Anzac narrative as something that must not be questioned.
Writer and historian Geoff Lemon called for more nuance in the Anzac debate in a series of tweets.
The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance has issued a statement expressing concern about the sacking of Scott McIntyre and describing social media policies as "inflexible" and restrictive.
"Increasingly, media employees are being required to use social media platforms to promote their work and those accounts are then being used as a marketing tool benefitting media employers," the statement read.
"The policies have begun to infringe on the private lives of media professionals, dictating what they can and can't say in a private capacity, outside of their work."
"MEAA believes that employers must recognise that their employees are entitled to a private life, with their own beliefs and opinions; opinions that should be able to be expressed without heavy-handed retribution by the employer."
Scott McIntyre has been contacted for comment.