Josh Elliott to Join CBS News
The former 'Good Morning America' co-anchor was most recently with NBC Sports.
Josh Elliott has found his latest home: CBS News.
The veteran TV personality is set to be the lead anchor at CBSN, the live-streaming digital arm of the broadcasting news division. He'll also make appearances on other CBS News programs and platforms. He'll begin later this month.
“CBSN is the future of news and we are thrilled to have Josh on our team,” CBS News president David Rhodes said in a statement. “Josh will bring tremendous passion to anchoring, reporting, and connecting with this new and fast-growing audience.”
Elliott is the biggest name by far at CBSN, which launched in November 2014. And the network also announced that it will be expanding its live, anchored coverage and increasing the number of original reports.
CBS News does not give out detailed numbers for the streaming service. But the network noted that CBSN has been steadily adding viewers and that "during the fourth quarter of 2015, CBSN delivered nearly twice as many streams as in the third quarter."
“I am deeply honored to be joining CBS News, and truly excited to be a part of the broadening horizon of CBSN, for which the possibilities are thankfully endless,” said Elliott. “Because it will always be about the stories we tell, the chance to do what I so enjoy doing at a place that values its journalism above all else is a gift for which I'm very grateful."
Elliott, 44, rose to TV news prominence at ABC's Good Morning America, where he was part of the core anchor team that in 2012 snapped the Today show's 16-year morning news winning streak. He was recruited to ABC News in 2011 by former division president Ben Sherwood, who hired him from Disney-owned ESPN.
He left in 2014, after a protracted and highly public contract with negotiation with ABC. He landed at NBC Sports, but he left in late December after less than two years there and amid mounting frustrations that he did not have more to do at the sports division. Elliott has a deep sports background, and at the time he said he wanted to return to the milieu.
But at NBC, there were discussions that he would one day shift to a role at the news division, where he could be positioned as an heir apparent to Today co-anchor Matt Lauer. But those aspirations dried up when Jamie Horowitz, who worked with Elliott at ESPN, departed NBC News after his own brief tenure there.