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Jim Braude is leaving NECN; now what?

Chris Morris for The Boston Globe

Jim Braude, the host of NECN’s nightly news show “Broadside,” gave notice late last week and will be leaving the local cable network in mid-February. Don’t we all want to know where he is off to next.

Well, we’ll have to wait for it. Braude isn’t saying, and his other employer, WGBH, hasn’t yet decided on who will host its nightly TV news show, “Greater Boston.” In December, longtime host Emily Rooney left the show, and viewers have been subjected to a parade of guest hosts. Braude’s name has come up as a potential successor.

His day job is co-hosting WGBH’s popular “Boston Public Radio” show with Margery Eagan. Eagan is a columnist for Crux, a Catholic news website affiliated with The Boston Globe.


In a memo sent to NECN staff Friday, general manager Mike St. Peter wrote that Braude will be leaving “to explore a new adventure” that will match his radio gig. He will continue to be available to the network for special projects. Braude has had a relationship with NECN for more than two decades.

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“One of the network’s strengths is our devotion to political and issues coverage,” St. Peter wrote. “Jim has been an integral part of our ‘thoughtful’ reporting over the years. And for that, we can’t thank him enough.”

NECN plans to continue offering programming that’s similar to “Broadside.”

Stay tuned. — SHIRLEY LEUNG

Northern Avenue bridge is in good shape — online

The old Northern Avenue bridge might be closed, but it’s alive and well online.


After the City of Boston shut down the rusting, century-old span in December because it was unsafe, some diehard fans launched a petition that calls on Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh to preserve it.

The bridge also has a Twitter handle (@fortpointbridge) and a website (

In case you’re wondering, this is what a piece of infrastructure tweets about: “If there was a bridge category for Best of Boston, we are confident @FortPointBridge would get it! @BostonMagazine”

The city owns the bridge and has not decided what to do with it. Officials have estimated that it would cost anywhere from $8 million to demolish the bridge to $60 million to fully rehab it.

Heather Parker, a wedding photographer, is among a half-dozen supporters behind the digital effort to keep the bridge intact.


Parker said the group wants the city to restore the swing bridge, which is not only a popular backdrop for photos but a critical pedestrian link between downtown and the Seaport District. The bridge is also a reminder of Boston’s past, she said, and without it the city “is going to lose its charm if we let it.” — SHIRLEY LEUNG

Masters of their own (banking) domains

Bank website names can be cumbersome, dull, and almost as confusing as an explanation of checking account fees.

The URL for the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, for example, stretches over 30 letters.

Winchester Co-operative Bank’s is shorter — — but it could be the address of a radio station.

Wakefield-based The Savings Bank, at, could be the site of an energy drink company.

The naming conventions probably will become clearer in coming months as a new domain — .bank — is rolled out. Banks will be able to migrate to what is being pitched as a more secure domain than .com, the old standby.

Reading Co-operative Bank plans to move to .bank, though officials there are still debating about what name to use, said Shanna Cahalane, the bank’s marketing director. The list of the top choices includes and

“I think there are a lot of perks to it,” Cahalane said, particularly when it comes to cybersecurity.

Websites in the .bank domain will have to abide by tighter security requirements, and only financial institutions and their partners will be able to participate, said Doug Johnson, a senior vice president at the American Bankers Association, which will be a domain gatekeeper.

Currently, banks rarely e-mail their customers because fraudsters can easily mimic a bank address and send fake messages to gain access to accounts.

But consumers should be able to have greater assurance that an e-mail with a .bank address is a legitimate address, Johnson said.

Whether banks will be more creative in the new space remains to be seen and will probably happen gradually, Johnson said.

After all, he noted, bankers are conservative. — DEIRDRE FERNANDES

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