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Friday, April 4, 2014

News & Notes: New Faces in Different Places

On the heels of CBS's announcement that Trent Green will join CBS, here are some other network moves announced in the week:

Josh Elliot has left ABC's Good Morning America to join NBC Sports.  Elliot, formerly of ESPN's SportsCenter and then GMA, will be assigned to cover the Triple Crown this Spring/Summer, NFL in the fall and future coverage of the Olympics on NBC.  Elliot, who left Disney due to a breakdown in contract negotiations, cannot join NBC's Today show until his no compete clause expires.

In the wake of Elliot's departure, ABC quickly came to agreement with NFL on FOX's Michael Strahan to join Good Morning America.  Strahan, also of Live! with Kelly & Michael (with Kelly Rippa), will join the morning show's third hour of programming, twice a week.  Strahan is the second FOX Sports talent to sign on with an ABC property, as Erin Andrews was tabbed to co-host ABC's Dancing with the Stars in January.


FOX Sports also made their own acquisition, signing renowned College Football reporter Bruce Feldman.  Feldman, infamously parted ways with ESPN, after the controversy surrounding his work on ESPN nemesis Mike Leach's autobiography in 2011.  He signed on with on a three year deal that expired this year.  Feldman's signing should give  FOX's flat college football studio a slight boost in credibility going into its third year against ESPN's signature College Gameday program.  Feldman will be a contributor on television and FOX


 NBC's Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth will be leaving Showtime's Inside the NFL. The Emmy away winning analyst, who has appeared on the program since 1989 on HBO and Showtime, has decided to quit the show to lighten his travel load and to work exclusively with NBC Sports.  Showtime producers have yet to announce a replacement. 


 Former FOX Sports Prime Ticket and MLB on FOX analyst Steve Lyons has joined NESN.  The former analysts was let go by the Dodgers after last season with the team moving their broadcast to Time Warner's SportsNet LA.  Lyons will work primarily on Red Sox pregame studio show and other NESN programming.

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