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Natalie Jacobson on Chet Curtis: ‘He Loved What He Did’

Natalie Jacobson, Chet Curtisformer WCVB co-anchor and ex-wife, reflected on her life with the legendary anchorman in an emotional interview with the Boston ABC affiliate Thursday.

Jacobson said she feels a “lot of emotion” in the wake of Curtis’ death. “I’m grateful for the years we had, I’m grateful for the three children,” she told WCVB reporter Jack Harper. “I’m sad Chet died early.” Watch:

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Colleagues Remember Chet Curtis: ‘The Ultimate Professional, a Great Friend’

chet curtis necnColleagues and friends of Chet Curtis, who died Wednesday from pancreatic cancer, remember the longtime Boston anchor as “magnetic” and “an amazing guy.” WCVB, where Curtis worked for nearly 30 years, has a collection of tributes from current and former staffers:

“I was out with a couple of former photographers at WCVB recently. And the one comment that seemed to resurface was nobody ever had a bad word to say about him,” former WCVB anchor Jim Boyd said. “I mean, he was just the ultimate professional, a great friend, a very giving and loving person.”

“Chet was the kind of person who always made you feel good, no matter whether you were in a tense newsroom or just chatting in the hallway. He had that gift to envelop you with a kind of cloud of happiness,” recalled former WCVB medical editor Tim Johnson. “But I have to say almost in the same breath he was an excellent news man. He had great news instincts. He never acted like some of the caricatures of news men we see on the TV or in the movies. He had very good instincts, and you could always trust what he was trying to do with whatever news was at hand.”

WGBH host Emily Rooney, the daughter of the late Andy Rooney, told The Boston Globe “there is no single human being in the world, Peter Jennings included, who was better at the ad lib than Chet.” Rooney, who is a former WCVB news director, shared a famous Curtis story: Read more

Longtime Boston Anchor Chet Curtis Dies

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Legendary Boston anchor Chet Curtis died Wednesday from pancreatic cancer. He was 74.

Curtis spent the majority of his career at ABC affiliate WCVB, anchoring the evening newscast alongside his then-wife, Natalie Jacobson (pictured, right). He worked at the station from the time they launched until 1972 until he and Jacobson divorced in 1999. When their first daughter was born, the pair, known as “Chet and Nat,” received 5,000 cards from viewers and the birth was the lead story on the 6 p.m. newscast, according to WCVB.

“Chet Curtis was much more than an extraordinary journalist.  He was a generous mentor and sincere friend to so many here at WCVB,” WCVB general manager Bill Fine said in a statement.

In 2001, Curtis joined New England Cable News, where he anchored “The Chet Curtis Report” and anchored political programming. Read more

NECN Prepares to Launch New 7 a.m. Morning Show

NECN, the New England cable TV network owned and operated by Comcast, is set to launch an overhauled morning show on Monday.

The new show, titled “The Morning Show on NECN,” will be hosted by Steve Aveson, a former anchor at Providence’s WPRI, and Taryn Winter Brill, a former “Good Morning America” correspondent.

“Our traditional morning news show has been an anchor at the news desk going over the morning news,” said Bill Bridgen, NECN’s general manager. “This is much more conversational, much more informal.”

NECN has invested in a brand-new set that eschews the standard news desk in favor of comfortable couches and chairs, reminiscent of network morning shows such as “Today.”

The fact that NECN’s new morning show set-up resembles network shows is not a coincidence.  “The Morning Show,” with a 7 a.m. start time, will be going up against the likes of Matt and Meredith in the mornings.

“It’s really an opportunity to capture the local audience when the broadcast networks go to their national programming,” Bridgen told The Boston Globe.

NECN’s aggressive re-invention of its morning programming has led to the departures or demotions of several established anchors. Read more