Morning report: TV resignations drama in Maine; Brauchli’s beefs; and more

Fed-up news anchors in Bangor, Maine, shocked viewers and colleagues by quitting at the end of their 6 p.m. newscast Tuesday.

Palin and Michaels.

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.
* Anchors away! Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio quit on air. (bangordailynews.com)

More news:
* Former San Diego Union-Tribune owner David Copley dies in a car crash. He was 60. (nbcsandiego.com) | (UTSanDiego.com)
* Marcus Brauchli didn’t just bristle at Washington Post newsroom budget cuts, reports Erik Wemple. The executive editor also “was bristling at what he clearly regarded as the limp efforts to monĀ­etize the product his people were creating.” (washingtonpost.com)
* Claim: Two Milwaukee radio stations gave $1 million in free airtime to backers of Gov. Scott Walker. (wispolitics.com)
* Chicago Tribune and Chicago Reader have different takes on Mayor Rahm’s “millionaire club.” (chicagoreader.com)
* New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan posts highlights of her Twitter office hours. (nytimes.com)
* Joe Scarborough sort of apologizes to Nate Silver. (salon.com) | (politico.com)
* What do you think of this very graphic New York Post cover? asks the Newseum. (@newseum)
* Contract talks between the Chicago Sun-Times and Newspaper Guild enter a crucial stage. (chicagobusiness.com)
* Anderson Cooper uses Twitter to respond to critics — often in a blunt way. (Example: “Do you actually think before you tweet?”). (lostremote.com)
* Minneapolis police to reporters: Stop calling us! (minnesota.publicradio.org)
* Journal Communications publishing revenue went from $328 million in 2006 to $171 million in 2011. (urbanmilwaukee.com)
* More reporters than travelers at O’Hare this morning. (@donofrioABC7)
* Wanda Lloyd to retire as executive editor of Gannett’s Montgomery Advertiser. (montgomeryadvertiser.com)
* What really happened to the American Press Institute? (ajr.org)

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