Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Nate Burleson Reaches New Multiplatform Agreement with CBS Across News, Sports and Entertainment


Burleson to Join CBS THIS MORNING as Co-host in September; Will Continue as Analyst on CBS Sports' THE NFL TODAY

Agreement Calls for Select Yearly Appearances on ViacomCBS' Nickelodeon

Burleson to Remain with NFL Network Contributing to Various Shows and Platforms

NEW YORK - CBS today (August 11) announced a new long-term, multiplatform agreement with versatile announcer and former NFL player Nate Burleson across CBS News, CBS Sports and ViacomCBS' Nickelodeon. The announcement was made by Neeraj Khemlani, President and Co-head, CBS News and Stations, and Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports.

Beginning in September, Burleson will join CBS THIS MORNING as co-host with Gayle King and Tony Dokoupil, anchoring the Network's flagship morning program, 7:00-9:00 AM, ET weekdays. Burleson recently appeared on CBS THIS MORNING as a guest host during the week of May 17, 2021.

Burleson joined CBS Sports in 2017 as analyst on THE NFL TODAY, the CBS Television Network's NFL pregame, halftime and post-game show. He will continue in his analyst role alongside host James Brown and co-analysts Phil Simms, Bill Cowher and Boomer Esiason on Sundays during the NFL season.

The agreement also includes select yearly appearances on Nickelodeon in a variety of capacities. Burleson made his successful Nickelodeon debut earlier this year with the special kids-themed production of the NFL Wild Card Game.

Burleson's role with NFL Network, where he most recently served as a host on the Emmy-nominated Good Morning Football, will expand to include a larger variety of programs and platforms. Throughout the year, Burleson will appear on various NFL Network shows such as NFL GameDay and NFL Total Access, and on-location coverage of events such as Super Bowl week, NFL Honors and training camp, as well as maintain a larger presence on NFL Media's social media and podcast offerings.

"Nate is an extremely gifted broadcaster, interviewer and storyteller, whose deep curiosity and enthusiasm is the perfect fit for mornings on CBS," said Neeraj Khemlani, President and Co-head of CBS News and Stations. "His wide range of experience and interests - from news to sports, from music to poetry, and from fashion to cryptocurrency - provides a unique perspective that will deepen the show's connection with our viewers. He excites audiences in every arena, and we're fortunate to have Nate joining Gayle and Tony at the table in September."

"We are so pleased that Nate will be expanding his role across the ViacomCBS family, bringing his passion for news, sports, entertainment and kids' content all under one umbrella," said Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports. "Nate is a very special talent with the unique ability to connect and engage with a variety of audiences, ages, newsmakers and athletes. We know his star will shine bright on CBS THIS MORNING and during his projects with Nickelodeon, while he continues to elevate us all at THE NFL TODAY."

"I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the incredibly talented team at CBS THIS MORNING. This is an extraordinary opportunity, and I look forward to the challenge of upholding the standard set by the legends who came before me," said Burleson. "Life is about being ready for the right opportunities, and I have been preparing for this moment since my first day on television. Having a chance to inform, enhance or simply brighten up the morning for our viewers is an honor. The sport of football and I will always be inextricably intertwined. I feel so fortunate to join CTM while continuing to play a role at the NFL Network, and of course, spending Sundays with the team on THE NFL TODAY."

"When Nate guest-hosted earlier this year, his energy was infectious in the studio, and his versatility spanned all aspects of the show," Shawna Thomas, executive producer, CBS THIS MORNING. "He's comfortable and insightful, no matter what the conversation topic. On top of that, he already knows how live television works, and he's used to those morning hours from his time on the NFL Network. I'm looking forward to working with him and seeing the show evolve with him at the table."


Each weekday morning, CBS delivers two hours of original reporting, breaking news and top-level newsmaker interviews in an engaging and informative format that challenges the norm in network morning news programs. The broadcast has earned a prestigious Peabody Award, a Polk Award, five News & Documentary Emmys, three Daytime Emmys and the 2017 Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast. The broadcast was also honored with an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award as part of CBS News' division-wide coverage of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.


THE NFL TODAY, the CBS Television Network's National Football League pre-game studio show, debuted in 1964 and serves as the prototype for all NFL studio shows that have followed. Hosted by James Brown alongside Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, Phil Simms and Nate Burleson, THE NFL TODAY airs each Sunday of the NFL season at noon ET leading into the Network's THE NFL ON CBS coverage.

Originally published: August 11, 2021 at xx.xx BST.

Original source: CBS News.

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