Fed-up news anchors in Bangor, Maine, shocked viewers and colleagues by quitting at the end of their 6 p.m. newscast Tuesday.
Cindy Michaels, one of the two anchors who resigned, says “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.” (She also served as news director.) Michaels added that “we were expected to do somewhat unbalanced news, politically, in general.” (She declined to elaborate.)
Why the dramatic departure?
“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.”
Michaels made national news in 2008 when she started getting “hate mail and nasty phone calls” from viewers who thought she looked like Sarah Palin and accused her of copying the politician’s style.
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