Maine News Anchors Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio Resign Live On-Air

 

At 6:00 pm newscast last night, two Bangor-based news anchors Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio resign live on air, citing, as the Bangor Daily News has described it, “a longstanding battle with upper management over journalistic practices at their Bangor TV stations.”

Based on the reports, Consiglio shared that “I just wanted to know that I was doing the best job I could and was being honest and ethical as a journalist, and I thought there were times when I wasn’t able to do that.”

Apparently, the live on-air resignation came as a shock for both co-workers and viewers of the said broadcast.

But Mike Palmer, WVII/WFVX vice president and general manager, told the paper that the turn of events wasn’t necessarily a surprise:

“ … that was unfortunate, but not unexpected … We’ll hire experienced people to fill these positions sooner rather than later.”

She adds that there “was a constant disrespecting and belittling of staff and 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.”

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