News anchors Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio announced their resignations at the end of Tuesday’s 6 p.m. newscast on WFVX-TV in Bangor, Maine (video below).
Consiglio told the Bangor Daily News: “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."
"This is one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made. This is my career and I love doing it. I’m looking at some options, but whether they’re in this industry or not is something I’ll find out.”
Michaels added: “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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Mike Palmer, WFVX vice president and general manager, told the Bangor Daily News: "That was unfortunate, but not unexpected. We’ll hire experienced people to fill these positions sooner rather than later.”
“Upper management is not involved in the daily production of the news. Period. We’ve made great changes over the last few months and are not slowing down.”