On Monday, Boston’s local CBS affiliate, WBZ-TV, announced that veteran broadcaster Jack Williams would be stepping down from his full-time post at the anchor desk on Aug. 31.
“After 39 wonderful years, I’ve decided to step away from the anchor desk, but I’m absolutely not leaving WBZ-TV News,” Williams said in a WBZ post. “Even though I won’t be a nightly anchor, I am thrilled that I’ll be able to continue my ‘Wednesday’s Child’ reports, substitute anchor when need be, and still be a part of WBZ-TV’s signature events and specials.”
Williams, a Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame inductee, began anchoring the at WBZ-TV in 1975, seven years into his television journalism career.
Since then, he has launched a weekly segment called “Wednedsay’s Child,” which features a special needs child in search of a permanent home. The production has “helped more than 800 special needs children find loving homes,” per the station, and inspired Williams to found the “Jack Williams Endowment for Wednesday’s Child” in 2000. “Williams is responsible for raising more than $10 million for special needs adoption,” WBZ writes.
“Jack Williams is a true legend of broadcasting. We are grateful for all he has done and everything he will continue to do as a member of the WBZ-TV family and the New England community,” Mark Lund, President and General Manager for CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV and myTV38, said in the post.