More details are emerging about the motivation for the dramatic on-air resignation of WVII news director Cindy Michaels and her co-anchor Tony Consiglio. The pair announced at the close of Tuesday’s 6 p.m. newscast that they intended to exit the station, citing ” recent developments have come to our attention.” The station’s VP-GM Mike Palmer tells the Bangor Daily News that the Bangor ABC affiliate was preparing to replace Consiglio at the anchor desk:
“Tony’s job was offered to someone else Monday. Cindy knew this and decided she couldn’t continue working without him,” said Palmer.
When told of Palmer’s statement, Consiglio said he didn’t know anything about that. Both Michaels and Consiglio said they are close friends in addition to being co-workers and have almost the same mindset when it comes to the way news should be done.
When asked if their departure had anything to do with salary issues, Palmer said no. “Actually, Cindy was offered a contract extension within the last few days. We wanted her to stay,” he said.
Consiglio and Michaels told the Bangor Daily News they don’t regret their decision, noting they have received support from family, friends and strangers. “But I’m sad to hear from some people that we possibly could have ruined our careers,” Michaels said. “That’s very saddening to hear because journalism and broadcasting is very important to me.”
Palmer said 10 p.m. anchor Lindsey Mills will anchor the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts until replacements for Consiglio and Michaels are announced.