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Josh Elliott joining CBSN, CBS News’ 24-hour digital streaming news service, as anchor

Josh Elliott spent three years at "Good Morning

Josh Elliott spent three years at "Good Morning America," helping it beat the "Today" show in ratings. Credit: Josh Elliott spent three years at “Good Morning America,” helping it beat the “Today” show in ratings.

Josh Elliott — a key player at an ascendant “Good Morning America” until just a few years ago — has joined CBS News’ digital platform, the network announced. He’ll be an anchor of the 24-hour streaming platform, CBSN, but is also expected to contribute to over-the-air broadcasts.

“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 in a statement.

A former ESPN anchor, Elliott spent three years at “Good Morning America” and was instrumental in the program’s rise and eventual conquest of “Today.” NBC lured him away, primarily for sports reporting duties, but that didn’t stop the obvious speculation -- that he might one day join the “Today” team or perhaps be positioned to eventually replace Matt Lauer. In recent months, there had been other industry chatter -- that he might return to ABC News.

“CBSN is the future of news, and we are thrilled to have Josh on our team,” said David Rhodes, president of CBS News. CBSN — www.cbsnews.com/live — launched in November 2014.

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