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Jack Williams Changes Role On WBZ-TV

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BOSTON (CBS) – Veteran Boston TV anchor Jack Williams announced Tuesday he will no longer anchor the 11 p.m. news at WBZ, in order to spend more time at home with his wife.

Williams, 68, has been with WBZ-TV for 37 years. He’s not retiring; he will continue co-anchoring the 6 p.m. newscast with Lisa Hughes.

“This was my idea,” Williams told CBSBoston.com. “They told me I can work as long as I want. They’ve been very gracious to me.”

Williams will also continue his work on Wednesday’s Child, which he created in 1981. The weekly segment features a special needs child who is in search of a permanent home.

The Jack Williams Endowment for Wednesday’s Child ensures continued financial support for special needs adoption.

Each year he and his wife Marci give $330,000 in grants to agencies and group homes helping special needs children find adoptive homes.

Williams says he’s been working nights most of his life, most of them on television since 1968.

“I just feel very lucky,” he said. “But it’s a grueling schedule.”

He and Marci have been thinking about the move to a lighter schedule for about a year.

Now they’ll be able to spend more time together in the evening.

“It’s all good,” Williams said.

Jonathan Elias will take over the co-anchoring duties at 11 p.m. with Lisa Hughes.

The new schedule starts next week.

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