Two Bangor, Maine, news anchors lived out Johnny Paycheck's classic anti-establishment anthem "Take This Job and Shove It" by announcing their immediate resignations at the end of a live news broadcast on Tuesday evening!
It seems co-anchors Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio of ABC affiliate Channel 7 had grown very frustrated with how the television news division was being managed by the Top Brass. The news team had more than twelve years of working for the station, but a rift with upper-management's continual interference with the anchor's stories and reports brought about the live-action drama.
"Some recent developments have come to our attention ... and departing together is the best alternative we can take," Consiglio told stunned viewers. The duo did not inform any of the management or staff at the station of their decision to resign their jobs until announcing it at the end of the evening news broadcast, in a move worthy of the classic "I'm mad as Hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" moment from the Oscar-winning film Network.
"We wanted to be able to say a thoughtful, heartfelt good-bye to our viewers and to the many communities we served over the years," Michaels told NBC News in an email sent out today. "We scripted something to keep from getting off-course and emotional."
The station's vice-president and general manager Mike Palmer told the Bangor Daily News that the incident was "unfortunate but not unexpected. We’ll hire experienced people to fill these positions sooner rather than later," he told the newspaper.
Michaels and Consiglio already have plans to move forward: Michaels told viewers she will pursue freelance writing, while Consiglio said he'll continue his career "in another capacity."