A pair of TV news anchors in the US state of Maine has surprised staff and viewers by resigning live on air.
Cindy Michaels, 46, and Tony Consiglio, 28, had spent the past six years working at WVII and its sister station WFVX, both affiliates of ABC News .
But after getting frustrated with upper management's encroaching involvement in news production, the pair decided to tender their resignation on air on Tuesday.
They did not tell anyone about their plans to resign before the 6pm broadcast.
"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 told local newspaper Bangor Daily News.
Michaels told viewers she will be doing some freelance work while focusing on writing a novel while Consiglio said he was looking at "some options" outside the industry.
The stations' vice president and general manager Mike Palmer described the resignation as "unfortunate, but not unexpected."
"We'll hire experienced people to fill these positions sooner rather than later," he was quoted as saying.
Sources: Bangor Daily.
Author: Erin Tennant, Approving Editor:Emily O'Keefe