PINEHURST, N.C., March 19 (UPI) -- ABC News veteran Bill Beutel, known for his signature "Good luck and be well. Goodnight," has died in Pinehurst, N.C., at age 75.
Beutel, who changed his name from Bill Boydel at the behest of a news director, died Saturday of undisclosed causes, WABC-TV, New York, reported Sunday.
Beutel started with ABC in 1962 as a reporter for the network and anchor of WABC-TV's evening report then called "The Big News."
ABC took him out of New York in 1968 and made him its London Bureau chief, where he worked with a young Peter Jennings.
WABC brought him back to New York two years later to co-anchor its revamped "Eyewitness News" with Roger Grimsby, a partnership that lasted 16 years. Beutel retired from "Eyewitness News" in January 2001 but remained as a reporter until 2003.
Beutel was a pioneer in the morning news arena as well, hosting ABC's "AM America," now known as "Good Morning America," WABC said.
Beutel is survived by his wife and four children.
A memorial service will be scheduled in the coming weeks in New York.