BANGOR, Maine (WGGB) – Two news anchors in northern New England gave their viewers and co-workers a surprise Tuesday night when both of them quit their jobs live on the air.
At the end of their 6:00 p.m. Newscast, Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio told viewers and their colleagues that that newscast would be their last at WVII-TV in Bangor.
“…finally tonight, this will be Tony and my final show together here at ABC7,” Michaels, who was also the station’s news director, said in her farewell.
Consiglio, also an executive producer at the station, added, “Some recent developments have come to our attention though, and departing together is the best alternative we can take.”
Both journalists told the Bangor Daily News that they has been some ongoing battles between the two and station management as it related to journalistic principles.
In addition, neither had told co-workers of their decision to leave prior to the end of the newscast. “We figured if we had tendered our resignations off the air, we would not have been allowed to say goodbye to the community on the air and that was really important for us to do that,” Michaels told the Daily News.
The station’s vice president and general manager, Mike Palmer, told the paper that while their announcement was “unfortunate,” they were “not unexpected.” He adds that they will work to fill their positions “sooner rather than later.”