Anchors Cindy Michaels, 46, and Tony Consiglio, 28, went on the air to resign from local ABC affiliate WVII in Bangor, Maine. Their colleagues watched in shock as the cameras kept rolling.
“Some recent developments have come to our attention,” said Consiglio, “and departing together is the best alternative we can take.”
However, once the cameras were off camera the co-anchors changed their tunes, citing alleged disrespect from superiors and pressure to do biased journalism, reported 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,” said Consiglio, who is additionally the show’s executive producer.
Michaels, who is also the station’s news director, criticized her superior management, with whom she had differences of opinion.
“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,” said Michaels.
Consiglio, who has been with the station since 2006 as a sports reporter, stated “It’s a little complicated.” Michaels continued, “but we were expected to do somewhat unbalanced news, politically, in general.”