Comments for: WVII GM says Consiglio was on way out, Michaels ‘couldn’t continue working without him’

Posted Nov. 21, 2012, at 8 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 22, 2012, at 6:11 a.m.

BANGOR | The general manager at Bangor TV stations WVII and WFVX says he thinks the main reason for Tuesday’s joint on-air resignation of news anchors Tony Consiglio and Cindy Michaels had more to do with job security than journalistic concerns. Mike Palmer, vice president and GM for Bangor’s …

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  • Anonymous

    They can say whatever they want. The simple face is, WVII has been bottom-of-the-barrel for as long as I’ve been an adult (some couple of decades.) Although I can think of one anchor who excelled (Amy McHugh), the sad fact is, WVII hasn’t been worth squat. And it’s not the people on-air, it’s their lack of committment to real journalism.

    WVII, you lost me as a viewer years ago.

    • Back when Cindy worked radio, which she used to do for B-97 I used to talk to her often. She was always a very nice person but their news was always so horrible I could never watch it and I did try since it was the only 10PM news but I couldn’t do it.

    • Anonymous

      But tonight they really followed up hard on the Twinkie story.

  • Anonymous

    So glad to see the story making national news. It started the debate on media manipulation through hidden means. The news should be factual: who, what, when, where and why (and sometimes how).

    • Anonymous

      Cool…Until they open their mouths and pronounce Bangor like Bangore…There is no e on the end…Then the rest of the world will see they are idiots…

      • Briney

        I s’pose y’ say “Callous” for Calais.

      • Anonymous

        I usually hear Banger, Maine.

    • Anonymous

      I belive Juan Williams reached that very same conclusion when fired by the taxpayer-subsidized Public Radio. How ironic!

    • Briney

      They were a good team. The other stations can’t, or, couldn’t match ’em.

    • Anonymous

      Very good points, the audience should always examine what is being placed before them. Being entertained is one thing, and the truth is another.

  • no wonder they were told to be biased, its still FOX news after all.

    • Anonymous

      Fox does not own WVII.

    • Anonymous

      Oh right. Obviously you work there and know all of this. You want to talk about bias, try nbc, cbs, and abc. Deny that and you are living on another planet.

  • JohnR

    This is what the fairness doctrine would prevent, one sided reporting, report on both sides and let the chips fall where they may. Of course this scares the righties they know if the fairness doctrine was in place many of their favs in print and on talk radio would have to disappear. It is not a big a problem on tv as it is on radio. Everyone already knows Fox Snooze is what it is. Let the screaming ditto heads begin 3…2….1.

    “One time, we did a piece on a Democrat candidate and in the sound bite,
    she talked about her stand for same-sex marriage,” said Esch, founder
    and president of Poseidon Productions videography in California. “The
    next morning Mike called a meeting and said that would not happen again
    with anyone mentioning same-sex marriage, without also having someone
    speak who had an opposing viewpoint.”

    Ps this guy has told his news team they are not to talk about GW until Bar Harbor is under water.

    • Xerxies

      I hear allot of disparaging comments about Fox News… What I don’t understand, is if Fox News is so bad, why is it the number one rated news program in the United States, by a fairly large margin?

      • Anonymous

        Confirmation bias. People have a tendency to believe information that confirms their pre-existing self image. Who doesn’t think being truly fair and balanced is a good thing? Fox advertizes it self as fair and balanced and that gets accepted at face value by some. To me, a media outlet billing itself as fair and balanced sounds just like a used car salesman saying “trust me”. Makes my skepticism radar alarms go off.

        Shorter answer: Fox appeals to the gullible by claiming to be fair and balanced. It drives their ratings and benefits the true reason for their programing: advertising revenue.

        • Xerxies

          So let me make sure that I understand you… You are basically indicating that, at least the vast majority of the millions of Fox News viewers are somehow deficient, less intelligent, less capable of discerning the truth, than………you?

          This brings to mind something my sister said to me once… I’d commented to her, “you know, maybe I am crazy”… She told me, “no, crazy people think everyone else is nuts and they are the only sane one”. At the time I’d taken the advice as gospel as she holds a Masters degree in psychology an a Doctorate degree in psychiatry.

          Maybe she was the crazy one? I’ll have to ask her… :-)

      • Anonymous

        For all of Fox’s attempts, they were unable to influence the presidential election. It only shows that liberals and moderates get their news from multiple sources and conservatives are cows following the herd.

        • Xerxies

          Really? Pretty broad statement… I’m a conservative, but I’ll try to limit my…..bovine tendencies in the future…

          • Anonymous

            What I think he was trying to say is that Fox’s primary audience is comprised of mostly white folks over 55, many of whom rely on TV as their major source for news, which might tend to skew the results, as many of them are conservative by nature. Most of the younger set gets their news from the web, or their smart phones, or Facebook etc.

          • Xerxies

            According to http://www.webpronews.com/where-do-you-get-your-news-infographic-2012-04 , 59.5% of people get their news on TV compared to 27.8% on social media (online).

            A Google search indicates that the demographics concerning the people who watch Fox News are not as skewed to the aged as you might think, as illustrated in the following:

            Age 18-34 = 21%
            Age 35-54 = 36%
            Age 55+ = 42%
            Men = 53%
            Women = 47%

            The median age of people in the United States is 38 as of the last census. The other news networks (CNN, MSNBC, etc…) have nearly identical median age demographics. Currently Fox News has the broadest demographic insofar as race and/or ethnicity compared to any cable news channel.

          • Anonymous

            Hmmm…inspired by you, I just did a Google search, but the overwhelming number of reports (about 90 %) state that Fox viewer’s average age is 65. Go figure.

          • Xerxies

            Yeah, I saw some of that to, but the data indicating this average age does not pass the straight face test, so I’m gonna go out on a limb and assume that it’s misinformation.

      • JohnR

        I agree it is hard to believe that there are that many stupid people in the US but as your statistics point out, if they are to be believed, there are. By the way why does Fox list itself as an Entertainment Network? Since you can stomach watching them and I can’t perhaps you or one of the other sheeple can answer me.

        • Xerxies

          You’re an offensive little bugger aren’t you!

          FYI, I spent 14 years as a “Sheepdog” in the “tip of the spear” Devil Dog, and so far, about 20 as a “Sheepdog” as a civilian Law Enforcement Officer.

          “Sheeple” there may be, but I aint one of them. I earned the right to my opinions, through blood, honor and sacrifice, as have you, I’m assuming.

          To answer your question, there is the Fox News Network and Fox Entertainment Network… Same company, different divisions with different missions.

          Semper Fi brother!

    • Anonymous

      True. Just ask Juan Williams…

    • Anonymous

      Most people have forgotten all about the Fairness Doctrine.The mere fact that Rush the fatty wailed about how unfair it would be is all the more reason to bring it back.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s the litmus test…if they hire Brad Buck (aka Rick Tyler) they want to slant the news.

    • Anonymous

      That would be a sure sign.

    • dee

      rick tyler was there at one time how about Craig Colson a former channel 5 anchor

    • Anonymous

      Brad Buck? That’s his real name?
      Sounds like a Will Ferrell character.

    • Anonymous

      I observed Ricky boy in action one day when he was covering a regatta coming to S.W. Harbor Marina. When the camera was off he hollered at the two workers with him and called them stupid. When the camera came on, the fake smile came up. When the camera went off, it was back to being a huge horse’s butt. I wanted to throw him in just for principal, but my brother talked me out of it. He said someone like that was not worth going to jail for, and he was right. It still would have felt good to throw him in though.

  • Anonymous

    When station management instructs its news-staff to refrain from covering global warming because the subject matter had crossed from science into politics, it clearly is involved in shaping the news. When that same management demands that every time an interviewee expressed a positive perspective about same-sex marriage an opposing view would need to be aired, it is shaping the news. Would management have taken similar stances if it had viewed climate change as a valid concern or if same-sex marriage had been criticized on air? Consiglio and MIchaels were the most seasoned TV news presenters left in the local market and it appears they took their profession seriously.

    • Anonymous

      “Climate Change” wasn’t on the pending November ballot. Same Sex Marriage was. A striking, and legalistic, differentiation.

  • Anonymous

    I applaud and respect Consiglio and Michaels.

    I think many news organizations would be glad to hire them.

    • But I don’t see that happening anytime soon, at least not locally.

      • Anonymous

        Perhaps you’re correct.

        On the other hand if the posts on this story are representative, it seems that there’s a lot of goodwill for these two right now.

        I think if either one showed up on one of the other Maine stations, that the station that hired them might also receive that same goodwill.

        If I was general manager at channel 2 or channel 5, I’d be VERY intrigued with the idea of hiring one of them.

        • Anonymous

          “But I’m sad to hear from some people that we possibly could have ruined our careers. That’s very saddening to hear because journalism and broadcasting is very important to me.”
          Let’s see… I walk off my job with no notice to my employer, make a big splash about it on TV, and with no reported effort to talk with my boss about “working conditions” to iron things out… then wonder if my career has been hurt?
          Silly goose! What future employer is going to take this series of events as a healthy resume-builder?

          • Briney

            Apparently Tony was about to get dumped without any notice.

          • Anonymous

            of course he knew. read the article.his partner even knew… that was why they quit.

            I don’t believe any organization is going to hire either of them very soon.

          • Anonymous

            Perhaps. Most employers just “take the keys” and ask the employee to pack their gear. However, there exist multiple laws mandating certain benefits to dischraged employees, not the other way around.

          • William Smith

            not in maine,you can be fired for any reason even a bad reason.

    • Anonymous

      It had to have been bad for them to do what they did. Thought I don’t watch that station, I wish them well.

  • Anonymous

    No wonder they have decided to leave that station. I would not believe what Palmer says anyway. Either way, these two excellent news anchors were not going to compromise their integrity and go along with the very questionable upper management. I am not at all surprised about the political angle either. Palmer sounds very autocratic. Cindy and Tony can do better, and will.

    • Fannycradock

      But why does Palmer sound autocratic to you? Because the BDN spun it that way. He had a point about presenting both sides of the same sex marriage debate. The “spinning” on TV news goes in all directions.

      I don’t know Michaels or Consiglio, nor have I ever worked in TV journalism, but it seems to me these two did an excellent job of reporting local news and issues. I especially loved Michaels’ broadcasting from various town halls across the state.

      But there’s more than one side (or even two) to every debate. This BDN article has insidiously implied that these two professionals left because the station and its owners push a certain political viewpoint, which thereby led to their being dead-last in viewer numbers.

      But look at WVII’s production values. They’re horrible! They look and sound as though they’re broadcasting from a tin can. The weather forecasts are particularly loony. This is why their ratings are so low. I think this is what Palmer is trying to fix.

      It’s really regrettable if Michaels and Consiglio are never hired locally again. But they deserve better. I’m betting they’ll be hired elsewhere in the country. This happens all the time with regional news anchors and it comes with the territory. I wish them all the best.

      • Anonymous

        Your statement about the production values – they look and sound as though they’re broadcasting from a tin can – was very noticeable. It was very cheap sounding.

        • Briney

          Agreed. Many local businesses rely on WVII to produce high quality commercials, which are aired without any problem by other stations. But then, as with all cheap shots, no prior thought given before making the comment.

      • Anonymous

        I have no inside knowledge of any of this other than the FCC has clamped down on TV and radio stations providing “equal time to both sides” of any pending election, bond, or election issue. Palmer’s demanding “both sides” of the same sex marriage debate getting air time strkes me as covering his station’s rump with the Federales in this instance.

        • Anonymous

          You’re right. But the opposing view does NOT have to be given immediately or simultaneously.

      • Anonymous

        You may be right about the BDN spinning it that way. In disputes between management and employees, it’s the management that is generally made to look bad. That’s the viewpoint that usually gets the most popular support.

        I’m not saying that’s what happened here – I’ve never watched these news reporters or WVII – but I wouldn’t simply accept the BDN’s and the popular view of this matter and how it was handled without more information.

      • Anonymous

        You say you’ve never worked in TV journalism. That implied you have worked in another form of journalism. Or is that just an insidious implication – your way of spinning your reply?

        • Fannycradock

          You are making absolutely no sense. One thing I do know, the fallout from this appears to be worldwide. Check out http://www.dailymail.co.uk Scroll down under US News.

      • Anonymous

        No, that is not what good journalism is about. Maybe in a debate but one does not have to present an opposing viewpoint for everything said on a newscast. That is ridiculous and worse. Palmer and some of his management felt because someone interviewed mentioned they were in favor of same sex marriage, that he needed to have someone on who said the opposite. What kind of journalism is that? It is fine if someone has an opposing viewpoint and expresses it. That is not the point. But to feel they have to plan ahead of time etc. to have people say certain things sounds calculated and not spontaneous and real. It is not impressive at all.

  • Superuser23

    The more talk the longer WVII will stay 3rd in the Bangor market

    • dee

      like to see them hire Craig Colson a former channel 5 anchor he was good

      • Anonymous

        Craig wouldn’t stoop so low as to work for Mike Palmer. Craig is a true pro and he wouldn’t put up with Palmer’s moronic management.

  • Anonymous

    “Irregardless” of who was doing what to whom .. Expect to see more of these personal brave acts as Oppressive Owners and management are put on notice. Watch as WalMart, PapaJohns, Hostess and other businesses that participate in unfair labor practices are taken to the woodshed by concerned citizens who are fed up with their BS. Many Owners thought they had castrated the unions but forgot about the heat their employees and customers could bring, oops.

    • Anonymous

      I SO Hope you’re right!I’m really curious how the WM labor actions will go tomorrow.Of course even if it has an effect,WM will just blame the economy,weather,etc rather than giving the credit where it’s due.WM has a rapid response anti labor team that is frightening.

      • Anonymous

        You guys are paying far too much attention to the current Greek Tragedy. What’s next, fire-bombing a Papa John’s delivery guy?

        • Anonymous

          And you are paying far too little attention to the employees’ viewpoint. Many of today’s companies and/or corporations have zero concern for their workers. They pay an absolute minimum, then laugh all the way to the bank.
          Those are the companies that are just begging for unions to come in and give their workers fair representation and fair pay. As the saying goes, “If the shoe fits…”

        • Anonymous

          That’s the usual violent and unreasonable response I’d expect from your side.

  • Anonymous

    I doubt if management at WVII has any idea how to run a TV station. They probably couldn’t run a lemonade stand successfully. Having been a TV news anchor I know how ignorant management can be. I never resigned on air but I’m glad someone had the nerve to resign in public to show how management really is in broadcasting. Most all broadcast management knows is to have female sales people (so called advertising executives) call on prospective male advertisers in provocative clothes, with the thinking that will get them spots to air. Wonder if this post will be deleted like so many others I see here?

  • Anonymous

    Hey man, that’s the TV business. I was in it for many years and observed all kinds of crap going on. One of the problems with the so-called “talent” or better known now as “news anchors” is that they firmly believe they are God’s gift to the earth and don’t want to comply with management decisions. I also wonder if these two anchors were somehow intimately involved with each other.

    • Anonymous

      That’s why it’s a bad idea to dip your pen in the company ink. when things go bad, they really go bad.

  • Anonymous

    Why do all of the happenings at the local TV stations seem to be so shady? Tony Consiglio strikes me as a reasonable guy – I watched that news because I liked him. These GM’s – they’re another story.

    • Anonymous

      Tony made a great anchor, as did Cindy. She did a good job with movie reviews, as well.

    • Anonymous

      I think the GM comments are very passive. I am sure Tony and Cindy have it right. They were a fabulous team.

  • Anonymous

    I wish them the best!

  • dee

    my brother is a photjournalist and channel 7 trained him as a cameraman now he is a photojournalist for 20 years has worked at abc nbc cbs fox has worked as assignment editor and is now independent has done videos for cnn espn to name a couple . channel 7 isnt all bad but news people move on . my brother has been down the east coast phoenix milwaukee he got his start working for channel 7 20 years ago news anchors they move on

    • Anonymous

      Good for your brother. Thanks for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving.

      • Anonymous

        LOL. Nice one.

        • Anonymous

          Seasons Greetings.

    • Ryan Robbins

      Hopefully he went to english class.

  • Dadoftoo

    Although I understand their desire to say goodbye, unfortunatly they most likely did ruin their careers…at least in broadcast. They left their employer vulnerable by keeping them in the dark. The sneaky tactic may have felt satisfying but they really only hurt themselves. Like the saying goes, any publicity is good publicity and no doubt, WVII will be around a long time.

    • Anonymous

      The response from other media outlets around the nation would likely indicate they could get good jobs in TV. If indeed Mike Palmer was looking to replace Tony, then who really is in the dark? Interesting that management will fire someone without notice and escort them to door, but be upset if a reporter quits without notice. Kind of a double standard, isn’t it? WVII may be around for a long time, but they will ALWAYS be # 3 in a 3 station market by huge margins.

      • Dadoftoo

        No, the response from media outlets has been pretty clear actually. Yes, WVII news sucks anyways but my point is that they only hurt themselves. But perhaps you are right, maybe their crappy journalistic ability (obvious where no one ever watched) ruined their careers well in advance. Your replies would be more relevant and constructive if you stayed on point. If you have your own thoughts on the subject, the best thing to do would be start your own comment thread.

  • WABI has the best local news and it is broadcast in true HD.

    • dee

      why not hire craig colson he was former wabi anchor

      • They have a pretty good group at the moment so I don’t see that happening.

      • Anonymous

        You keep saying that. He’s currently working in radio. What if he doesn’t want to go back to tv news? Do you know for sure that he’s looking for work?

    • Anonymous

      It’s the best, but only through the process of elimination. Gannett has turned WLBZ into a joke, with just about all news coming from Portland. WABI wins only because it covers more local news. However, its reporters often sound as though they’re doing a story for a college station, with little variation in how stories begin or end. Half of the time, we have no idea who’s talking on screen because nobody bothers to put a graphic up identifying the source. Sports is treated more as comedy for the evening casts. And although Channel 5 likes to boast having noon, 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m. (on the CW), and 11 p.m. newscasts, the noon, 5 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. newscasts would not be missed by most if they were cut. This market simply doesn’t have enough news for that many newscasts. Most of the 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. stories are dull pieces taken from CNN’s service.
      Channel 5 is not so clean ethically, either. On several occasions it has taken public relations pieces and presented them as locally produced stories. In reality, the footage is provided by a company trying to sell something, and the script is also provided, to be read by a local reporter.
      And wouldn’t you know that whenever it snows, we get the standard ho-hum story about how — surprise, surprise — TBA has been inundated with people coming in for new tires or batteries for their vehicles. TBA is one of the station’s biggest, or I should say most frequent, sponsors.
      Then there was the story a few years ago about some local surgeons bringing an innovative plastic surgery technique to Bangor. Not only did the story that aired reek of advertising, the footage was used in actual ads that appeared later.
      Then there are the sleep-inducing tennis matches between the anchors as they alternate reading about arrests and indictments for what seems an eternity.
      Then there are the repeat stories on the weekends…
      Bangor television news has seen better days.
      Oh, and as far as Channel 5’s “true HD” news? I have no reason to doubt the studio cameras are HD. But most of the field cameras appear to still be standard. Anytime you see a story that’s framed in a graphic, that means the video was not shot in HD. Yeah, the footage may have been upconverted for broadcast, but it’s not true HD.
      OK, I’m done now. :-)

      • Anonymous

        You are quite the expert…

      • Anonymous

        I agree. I remember the “Glory Days” of channel 2. They have been going downhill for a while. Gannett bought 2 and 6 back in ’98 and the news department in Bangor has been shrinking ever since. I even see a WCSH 6 truck in Bangor from time to time. Are they really that short on local staff?

  • Samuel Norton

    this gets meatier and meatier everyday

    i don’t think i watched a WVII broadcast in 10 years…

  • MD

    “Your Bangor News”…with the weather forecast recorded in advance and coming from State College, Pennsylvania. How local is that?

    • Anonymous

      I love it when the guy comes on and talks of how it was so chilly he had to wear a heavy coat to work. Or when he’s sent an incorrect script and refers to the anchor as someone else.

    • Anonymous

      That weather guy is hillarious…

      • Xerxies

        He’s really weird, is what he is.

        • Anonymous

          He likes his job thats for sure….

          • Anonymous

            Are you referring to the ex-weather guy who left for Texas about a year ago? Jim Kosek? Now that guy was a riot. But the Bernie Rayno (real name?) guy on now is hard pressed to display much personality. On air, at least.

          • Anonymous

            ThaTs him Jim.. Hillarious..

  • Anonymous

    To me a simple Joe watching this saga unfold from the sidelines, Mr. Palmer appears to be another megalomaniac bent on having his own way. His actions since Tuesday evening makes him seem more and more twisted every time he opens his mouth and clearly illustrates his willingness to put his desires and wants above the truth.

    Sadly, this situation permeates the entire news broadcasting industry. The truth is what they decide it is and if you aren’t happy hearing it, simply tune into another station and get the same spoon fed garbage from a different source.
    It’s a fact, information is power and controlling that information is a way of expanding profits and influence.

    • Anonymous

      However, “When you control the Mail, … you control INFORMATION!”*

      *Newman

    • walkintheirshoesforamoment

      You can wrap a dead fish in a bag… but it still stinks… There are three sides to every story and there is more to this than meets the eye of the viewer… I wonder when Mr. Palmer was going to tell Consiglio that his job was given to another… Remember Nate Long (sports guy some years ago)… “You do the six sports, Nate… then pack your toys… you’re going home”… ethics my butt… I doubt that Palmer has that word in his vocabulary…

  • Anonymous

    They left in a very professional way. Good luck to both.

  • Anonymous

    This station promotes its owners’ political agenda.
    Their attitude: “our way or the highway.”
    And they have the power to make that stick.
    Under the rules for media licensed to use OUR airways, the power to do something is not the right to do it.
    The ratings show that most people look elsewhere for their news.
    Just gotta wonder — why does anybody tune in to be spoon-fed those owners’ agenda?

  • Anonymous

    Well what did they expect from Fox news—something fair and balenced? not

  • Anonymous

    The article said WVII and Channel 22-a Fox affiliate—was that a mistake?

    • Anonymous

      WVII and WFVX are really the same station, with the primary channel carrying ABC programming and the secondary channel carrying Fox programming. When a station is an “affiliate” of a network, that does not mean the network owns the station or manages the station, although the networks do own a handful of stations in the largest markets. To be an affiliate of a network simply means the station has entered into a contract to carry a certain amount of the network’s programming. The station is free to enter into contracts for syndicated programming and to manage itself as it sees fit.

  • Anonymous

    yet another example of Corporate Media run amuck….Management should stick to ‘bean counting’, and let Journalists Report News….PERIOD
    otherwise you wind up with Murdoch and NewsCorp….yuck!!

  • Anonymous

    Palmer sounds like he sticks his beak where he never ever should.

  • Anonymous

    I see they didnt close down this thread yet, BDN hates when you talk about how the news is bias…

  • Conley Raye

    Once in awhile I watched 7 news as they had one crazy weatherman on. He is now gone also and one has to wonder, what is going on at this station. People from away running local news and forcing their views down our throats. Guess I will stick with 5 news, just wish they would investigate the news more in depth and do consumer help stories as they have the media to assist the public in resolving problems but of course, its all about potential advertising……hope your listening Mike Young.

  • Anonymous

    It’s funny watching the Big-Deal TeeVee Nooze Execs spin this ‘their way.’ No one cares nearly as much now about Big Deal Local TeeVee Nooze as they did decades ago, and the sad thing is…they keep driving the few viewers they have away. Big Deal TeeVee Nooze: the only industry that people can’t WAIT to get into…and out of.

  • Anonymous

    sounds like damage control to me..

    • Anonymous

      Ya, sounds like station management wants us to believe a “sour grapes” call. What does it tell us when the employee he wanted to keep quits along with the one “he was gonna fire”? The first thing station owners should do is terminate its incompetent manager. This whole story shows just how small their audience is. Who in their right mind would buy advertising from WVII now? You can probably reach more people by hiring a temp to stand on Broadway with a sign.

  • Anonymous

    Oh come on palmer, we are not buying your trying to sell us that nobody cares who have emailed or called you………..one email? Give me a break.

    • Anonymous

      That man has to be the most incompetent manager around. He’s proved he lacks the foresight to understand how a comment such as that would be received. It actually lends more credence to their reasons for departure-add “lies” to the list.

      • Anonymous

        Watch Palmer run for Gov in 2014.Seems like he has the qualifications.

  • Anonymous

    He’s in CYA mode.

  • Anonymous

    Palmer sounds like a Tea Party crank trying to impose his political views on the news process. I can’t see why any advertiser would want to be assoicated with that.

    Consiglio and Michaels have shown integrity and dedication to the news gathering process. Most reporters would just have shut up and did whatever der furher Herr Palmer dictates. Consiglio and Michaels can pretty much write their own ticket now.

  • Anonymous

    The GM should have just remained quiet and restored the news broadcast. This spin just sounds horrible.

  • Anonymous

    I never watched a lot of tv news. It is what it is and there’s not much there. However, of the little bit I watched, I always felt Cindy Michaels did a credible, straighforward job and did not overly promote the cutesie banter and nonsense that has become the hallmark of tv ‘journalism’. She will do well wherever she goes.

  • Anonymous

    Great spin Mr Palmer, “Consiglio was on his way out”… now you can blame it all on a youtube video, that peoople actually did watch.

  • Anonymous

    I used to only watch this station to listen to these folks..
    Now , click it goes!
    On to another one one I feel does a responsible , balanced job (If I can even find one in the Bangor market), which is very biased in my opinion.
    Integrity is a hard thing to find these days, and harder to replace.
    I hope this loss costs this station significant money (which is often the only thing this type of management responds to).
    Consiglio and Michaels will move on to a successful career in whatever they do.
    They both possess what it takes to suceed today, Courage and Ethics.
    Goog Luck to you both!

  • Anonymous

    It’s very difficult working for bad management. Best wishes to Consiglio and Michales.
    I’m sure you will find something soon.

    • Anonymous

      Sometimes it gets to be too much and one puts their integrity first. Because if not that, what do you have. These news anchors didn’t want to sell their souls. They both are talented and nice people. They will be fine.

  • Anonymous

    everyone a prima donna. None of the local stations are really informing US of the Truth… No wonder Maine Stream Media is losing veiwers. That includes you Bangor Daily News.

    • Anonymous

      ya hey, BDN.Whats up with you? Do you just copy the national propaganda line? Why don’t you inform US of things like Homeland Security ordering 1.6Billion rounds of hollow point bullets and arming government employees at the Social Security Admin.etc. and even shipping them to the weather bureau in Ellsworth… Thank You Susan Collins. Thats your committee, right? How about the 30,000 Drones that you have OKed to be purchased and flown over American Skies??? Where is the money coming from??? What are your real intentions??? Who do you really work for??? The Goldman Sachs/”City of London”International Bankster Crime Syndicate Cabal… You all should be ashamed of yourselves. All of you are Traitors to this country !!! THE REAL TERRORISTS are in the WHITE HOUSE, CONGRESS, WALL ST and the CIA..

      • Guest

        It would seem the result of the last election has caused you to have an emotional breakdown.
        Barack Obama is President and will be for another 4 years.

      • Anonymous

        Ralph if you anchored the local news, I’d watch every day.

      • Anonymous

        You are incredibly insane

  • Anonymous

    Cindy is cute

  • Anonymous

    I never liked Michaels; she comes across as bossy to me.

  • Anonymous

    liberals getting fed up with liberal ways of doing business – there is hope for the world

    • Anonymous

      You seem to have gotten this really mixed up. Palmer was not following any “liberal” philosophy.

      • Anonymous

        That is why he got done, tired of the liberal media…

        • Anonymous

          I think you were one who said it was going to be president Romney.
          No, you have this wrong too. Consiglio did not leave for the reason you say. In fact, more like just the opposite.

  • Anonymous

    I have news for these two. Clueless management is a chronic problem in the broadcasting industry.

    • Anonymous

      There’s no industry exempt from that.The ultimate irony is that Scott Adams posted an email on his blog from a company that had decided Dilbert cartoons were not allowed on company property.Paranoid much?

  • I think many Fox news organizations would be glad to hire them.

    The humble Farmer

  • Briney

    Since Palmer was ready to dump Tony, he got what he deserved – an on-air resignation. With Cindy sticking by her co-anchor, Palmer is left with two empty chairs. Unfortunate. Despite the station’s pitiful ratings, or, no ratings, the duo were extremely popular with a growing audience.

    Both excellent speakers. They presented a professional delivery of news, free of wild gesticulations – frantic, non-stop, non-punctuated, breathless delivery, hand waving, body language, dramatic facial expressions – that have become the irritating vogue on the other two local stations.

    The two were a welcome relief from the thundering and repetitive “You’re watching…” And those boring newscasters and pirouetting weather jocks, forever and excitedly wagging their fingers in viewer’s faces, claiming their only reason for living is because of the viewer.

    Both should be welcomed by a station eager to have the news presented in a true professional manner. Good luck to both. It would be interesting to define the duo’s claim that Palmer and the station sought special treatment for a certain party’s political views. Is this station a nephew of Rupert Murdoch?

  • Guest

    They will find work elsewhere, good luck to them.
    Sometimes people have to take a stand as they have.

  • Alice Clark Goldsmith

    They will be missed… Too bad…. but we know what Fox stands for……….

  • Anonymous

    I am siding with my paesano’s side of the story, Consiglio

    • Anonymous

      A.K.A. Tony Sigs?

  • Anonymous

    “Reporters from all over the country have been calling today,” Palmer said. “But as far as viewers, there’s been almost no reaction. We’ve had one email and two phone calls all day.”

    I believe the email and two phone calls reflects the size of your audience.

  • superdog207

    Bravo! Unfortunatly, being “bold” may come at a price….. I once resigned from an employer due to administrative politics, and it did make it very difficult for me to find another position and explain my former resignation.

  • Anonymous

    *** These News Stations run the business like a Meat Factory ***

  • Anonymous

    Head over to the WVII web site and it looks like a junkyard with all their ‘click ads’ designed to make management rich. Here’s a short list of the ‘junk:’ Half Off Dining, Half Off Fun, Bid On Me, The Diamond & Gold Mine Outlet, Dick Hogan Insurance, CouponBug-dot-com, YouPickEm weekly prizes, Bennet’s Gems & Jewelry.

    A Junkyard of click-ads. That’s all the WVII web site is. A reflection of management.

  • Anonymous

    What a laugh Palmer! The ownership has a limited role at the station? Yeah, the only role they have is to tell you what to report! Glad these journalists did what they did. Too bad this would not happen at MSNBC, CBS, CNN and Fox. Report the news. Don’t try making it or promoting politics.

  • It’s interesting that when you try to “vote” on the comments appearing on this site there’s only one way you’re allowed to vote. Try it. If you support the management it won’t register a vote. If you support the anchors it will. Talk about a biased news site…

    • Now they “fixed” it. After running up the score for the anchors.

  • “We do balanced journalism, and we don’t do one-sided stories,” Palmer said. “That is a perfect example of wanting to cover both sides of an issue.” So if someone claimed that the earth was round, they’d have to have someone on arguing that the earth was flat. ???Why not just tell the truth….The truth doesn’t have two or more sides…It’s the truth.

  • Anonymous

    Fox news has their agenda and they didn’t go along with it. Good for them for standing up for the truth in reporting.

    • Anonymous

      Fox News has zero to do with Channel 7.

  • ….Cindy Michaels was very good to us when we wanted tv coverage of our Sunny Corner Fuel Assistance Program several years ago…She is very bright and caring…And that was a one sided story…Our program provided free fuel oil to needy people…Palmer didn’t claim that that was one sided and show that it was good for people to freeze in the winter….How come? G

  • Jen

    I think that Michaels & Consiglio should start reporting independently. I think they would get plenty of support.

  • Anonymous

    people come and go in media, get new jobs, move around the country etc etc… they generally do not quit on the air and they also don’t get warned that they are about to be fired or replaced.

  • Anonymous

    Proud of Consiglio and Michaels for standing up for their beliefs……….I do not believe for one second this has ruined their careers

  • Anonymous

    It it obvious they had legitimate reasons to resign. I do not believe a word we are hearing from upper management. Employee’s that have worked there that many years do not give up their jobs so easily they had to have good reason to resign.

  • Anonymous

    Proud of you! Not many people would do what you did! I also applaud and respect Consiglio and Michaels

  • Anonymous

    i too say kudos to both, they both do a fantastic job of reporting. It’s refreshing to see people standing up for what they believe. The GM is trying to save face which is not working. Another station will be lucky to have them!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t watch 6:00 news that much but I often watch 10:00 news on Fox since it’s on first. I’ve always admired both anchors, especially Cindy Michaels and was disappointed when her additional responsibilities kept her from the 10:00 news. I know at least one person who’s been interviewed by various reporters and Michaels rated the best, especially the best questions.

  • Anonymous

    If Channel VII hasn’t been getting that many phone calls, I suggest we change that, let them know how we feel about this.

  • Anonymous

    With all the controversy and bad publicity about WVII in the last few years a person would think that the stations owner, Rockfleet Broadcasting, would replace management. That’s not going to happen though. Rockfleet is more interested in buying small stations, holding them a short time and selling for a profit. Rockfleet’s owners do not care about the communities they serve.

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