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Maria Stephanos may not be out of work much longer

Since Maria Stephanos left Fox 25, there’s been a lot of speculation about where the popular news anchor would land. Stephanos announced in September she was leaving WFXT-TV after 18 years, but she said only that it was time to “embark on a new adventure.” So what is it? Neither Stephanos nor her agent are saying, but we’re told she’s drawn interest from WBZ-TV (Channel 4) about a job, or there’s conjecture that she may end up at NECN. The latter scenario makes sense if NBC decides not to renew its decade-long deal with its Boston affiliate, WHDH-TV (Channel 7), and moves some or all of its programming to NECN. If that happens, having a marquee personality like Stephanos would be desirable. (Calls to reps for NBC and WHDH-TV were not returned Wednesday.) Meanwhile, Pete Bouchard, Channel 7’s chief meteorologist, abruptly resigned this week, though it’s not clear why or whether he’s got another job lined up. Bouchard, who was at WHDH-TV since 2002, has had his bio scrubbed from the station’s website.