Resigning from a job in the ‘current economy’ is not a risk that many people afford to take, particularly in a desirable position where people would be queuing up to replace you, though two American local news anchors have decided that they would fulfil their plans in style, after announcing their joint resignation together while closing a live broadcast.
Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio (pictured), who were on the news show of the ABC ‘WVII affiliate’ in the town of Bangor (in the American state of Maine), claimed that their decision was down to internal disputes with the show’s management over a conflict of beliefs in regards to ‘journalistic methods’.
Closing a recent broadcast, Michaels addressed viewers with their joint message, stating: “…And finally tonight, this will be Tony and my final show together right here on ABC 7. The last six years have been an interesting and enjoyable time for us as we have been the longest-running news team in Bangor.”
Consiglio then added: “On behalf of Cindy and me, we have loved every moment bringing the news to you… Some recent developments have come to our attention, though, and departing together is the best alternative.”
Speaking to the Bangor Daily News following their surprise announcement (though it is unclear if the ‘management’ concerned knew anything about their decision prior to it being made), 46-year-old Michaels further explained the resignation: “There was a constant disrespecting and belittling of staff. 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.”
However, the channel’s vice-president Mike Palmer was naturally dismissive of the accusations, and seemed to try and have the last word by mentioning that the pair were ‘on their way out anyway’, as he summarised: “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. Over the last 15 to 18 months, we’ve been a raging locomotive of change.”
The surprise moment, like many other stories of its kind, is viewable below (along with three creative examples of how they could have really made a name for themselves through their departure), with the current aftermath of the story being that Cindy Michaels is planning to remain in Bangor as she looks to ‘complete her novel’, while Tony Consiglio intends to carry on his journalism career ‘in another capacity’.
After leaving their jobs in a fairly professional but still ‘sucker-punching’ manner, will the pair’s job-quitting antics give them a better-known reputation to begin persuing their goals away from ABC, or would even more of an impact-making resignation have given the platform to become even bigger names in the American newscasting industry?