Josh Elliott has landed at CBS News, where he will be lead anchor of CBSN, the 24/7 digital streaming news service, later this month. Elliott will also appear on CBS News broadcasts and other platforms, CBS News announced.
“CBSN is the future of news and we are thrilled to have Josh on our team,” CBS News president David Rhodes said in this morning’s announcement, adding, “Josh will bring tremendous passion to anchoring, reporting, and connecting with this new and fast-growing audience.”
Elliott exited NBC Sports last December, less than two years after leaving ABC News’ Good Morning America to join the sport division at the rival network.
Elliott was part of the GMA team that wrested the morning-show ratings crown away from Today after the NBC stalwart’s 16-year stranglehold on the No. 1 spot. NBC responded by poaching Elliott, and conventional wisdom at the time was that he was being groomed to replace Today’s Matt Lauer down the road, though Elliott called NBC Sports his “dream job.” And, of course, there was that pesky 6-month non-compete clause in Elliott’s contract with ABC, which prevented him from appearing on Today.
Anyway, NBC News under-used Elliott for about 19 months, after which word on the street was that his reps were negotiating an exit. “I’m grateful for the chance to work with the remarkable team at NBC Sports, and appreciate their support as I look forward to what’s next,” he said graciously in a statement back in December, when industry navel lint gazers had their money on him going to Fox Sports. That’s because former ESPN exec Jamie Horowitz, who now runs programming at Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2, enjoyed a brief stint at NBC in charge of Today, where he was known to support positioning Elliott as a replacement for Lauer – and the two men had worked together previously, Elliott having moved to ABC from ESPN in 2011. Bet those pundits feel pretty silly now.
Elliott this morning said of his move: “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. 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.”