In Bangor Maine, two television stations, WVII and WFVX are all run by one man, Mike Palmer. He has over the years been found to be pushing a lop-sided viewpoint to his staff. While he has claimed innocence, emails over the year have revealed micro-management with the intent to skew the news. The New York Times released email from 2006 has him telling his staff to not cover the issue of global warming, the single most important issue of our era. Now it appears his micro-management of his staff has forced the on-air resignation of not one, but two established and popular anchors, Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio, as you can see here:
When asked why they did the public resignation, the two anchors gave their own reasons to the 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
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.
“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. I couldn’t do everything I wanted to as a news director. There was a regular undoing of decisions.”
Both anchors are now exploring other opportunities available to them. As for the station itself, Mr. Palmer has already stated that “We’ll hire experienced people to fill these positions sooner rather than later.”
Perhaps he will listen to Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade for hiring advice.