In a move that shocked not only viewers, but their colleagues as well, popular co-anchors of Bangor, Maine’s ABC affiliate, WVII, jointly resigned, on-air, at the end of their broadcast Tuesday evening. Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio appeared gracious as they bade farewell to viewers and staff, but Consiglio told viewers, “Some recent developments have come to our attention, though, and departing together is the best alternative we can take.”
In a later interview the pair gave to Bangor Daily News, Michaels, who was also the news director, explained one of the reasons for the resignations:
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. It’s a little complicated, but we were expected to do somewhat unbalanced news, politically, in general.
Consiglio then added that, “the balanced journalistic approach they use for all their stories was sometimes frowned upon.”
Hhmm. According to the Bangor Daily News, the pair didn’t elaborate on which way the politically unbalanced news was skewed to, but I bet we can take an educated guess. And I think we should look to see if one or both anchors are quickly hired by the local “fair and balanced” Fox News Maine affiliate.
Watch Bangor, Maine news anchors resign on-air: