People who appear on live TV have the power to embarrass their employers.
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It will be interesting to see when and if the two anchors are able to resurface at other TV stations. As for the station itself, management says an expansion will continue and it will hire replacements.
It's impossible to render judgment on the anchors' complaints and whether their gripes were valid. One of the anchors was also the news director while the other was executive producer. So besides being on the air, they had key managerial roles in the newsroom.
The situation is a reminder that a TV news anchor has unique power while on live TV. Normally, a TV news director could spot a disgruntled employee and prevent that person from getting on the air and embarrassing the station. When the news anchor and the news director are the same person, that line of defense is removed.
If you work in TV news management, take a look at the basic TV contract you present to your on-air staff members. Decide if a clause should be added that would punish those who use the airwaves to attack the station -- like a promise of legal action.
According to the Bangor Daily News, WVII is a distant third in the Nielsen ratings in the Bangor DMA. It would appear that viewers had already made their decision on watching the station's anchor team long before these sudden resignations.