NESN made it official regarding the departure of Heidi Watney, releasing the statement from network president Sean McGrail today:
“Heidi Watney will not be returning to NESN next year. She is pursuing other opportunities that would bring her closer to her family on the west coast. We respect Heidi’s decision and would like to thank her for everything that she has brought to NESN over the past 4 years and wish her the very best.”
Watney is leaving for the new Time Warner network that will broadcast Los Angeles Lakers games starting with the 2012-13 season.