November 23, 2012
Two news anchors in Bangor, Maine quit their jobs on the air this week, after becoming frustrated with management over the course of many years. The reporters also complained of being forced to put forward “unbalanced” political information.
According to Bangor Daily News:
“News co-anchors Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio announced their resignations at the end of Tuesday’s 6 p.m. newscast. Michaels and Consiglio, who have a combined 12½ years’ service at WVII (Channel 7) and sister station WFVX (Channel 22), shocked staff members and viewers with their joint resignations Tuesday evening.”The news anchors decided not to tell anyone about their departure before making the announcement on the air because they feared that management would not allow them to say goodbye to the audience after they resigned.
Michaels explained to the local newspaper one of the main reasons for their frustration, saying that:
“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 explained. “It’s a little complicated, but we were expected to do somewhat unbalanced news, politically, in general.”Read On: 2 News Anchors Get Fed Up With Political Propaganda and Quit Jobs on Air :