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Jade McCarthy leaving NESN

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  August 9, 2011 07:27 PM

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Turns out Kathryn Tappen isn't the only anchor departing NESN this month.

Jade McCarthy is leaving network after less than two years at the regional sports network. She gave her two weeks' notice today.

The ‘‘NESN Daily’’ anchor will return to Philadelphia, where she previously worked at NBC affiliate WCAU before coming to Boston in September 2009.

McCarthy, a Newton native, is seven months pregnant and the network has recently been interviewing candidates to replace her in anticipation of her maternity leave.

But according to industry sources, her husband recently got a job in Philadelphia and they decided to move before the birth of their child.

Her departure comes just weeks after the news that Tappen, the host of the network's Bruins studio programming on game nights, was leaving for the NHL Network.

McCarthy debuted on NESN in January 2010, frequently anchoring the highlights program ‘‘SportsDesk.’’ When the format was changed to the issues-oriented “NESN Daily’’ in August 2010, McCarthy was chosen to co-host along with Uri Berenguer.

Berenguer was let go from the poorly received show three months later, with McCarthy remaining as the lone host.

It’s uncertain who will replace her permanently, though Randy Scott, who hosts ‘‘NESN Daily’’ on weekends, is expected to do so for the immediate future.

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