A couple of television news anchors in Maine shocked everyone at the end of the 6:00 p.m. broadcast on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, by resigning on the air. Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio, formerly of ABC’s WVII affiliate, announced they were resigning together due to a dispute with management over journalistic practices.
VIDEO: Maine news anchors resign from their positions live on the air
The news duo in Bangor, Maine decided that resigning at the same time was the best choice;
“And finally tonight, this will be Tony and my final show together right here on ABC 7,” Michaels told viewers. “The last six years have been an interesting and enjoyable time for us as we have been the longest-running news team in Bangor.”
“On behalf of Cindy and me, we have loved every moment bringing the news to you,” Consiglio said. “Some recent developments have come to our attention, though, and departing together is the best alternative.”
There was no further explanation for viewers, but more word was given to the Bangor Daily news paper.
“There was a constant disrespecting and belittling of staff,” Michaels told the Bangor Daily News. “We both felt there was a lack of knowledge from ownership and upper management in running a newsroom to the extent that I was not allowed to structure and direct them professionally. I couldn’t do everything I wanted to as a news director. There was a regular undoing of decisions.”
“It’s a culmination of ongoing occurrences that took place the last several years and basically involved upper-management practices that we both strongly disagreed with,” she continued. “It’s a little complicated, but we were expected to do somewhat unbalanced news, politically, in general.”
WVII has dismissed the claims of Michaels and says that they are doing nothing but moving forward with the station and the news.
“Upper management is not involved in the daily production of the news, period,” Mike Palmer, WVII vice president and general manager, told the paper. “We’ve made great changes over the last few months and are not slowing down. Over the last 15 to 18 months, we’ve been a raging locomotive of change.”
The 28-year-old Consiglio plans on continuing his career “in another capacity,” but he didn’t elaborate further. Michaels, 46, said she won’t be continuing her career in broadcasting but wants to focus on a freelance writing career and some painting.
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