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Nate Burleson Joining CBS Morning Show

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CBS News will soon name former NFL wide receiver Nate Burleson a co-host on its morning show, CBS This Morning, sources tell OutKick.

The Los Angeles Times was first on the news.

Burleson, 39, will co-host the morning show alongside Gayle King and Tony Dokoupil. Burleson will replace Anthony Mason some time in September.

Burleson is also an NFL analyst on CBS Sports’ Sunday NFL pregame show, a role he will keep. However, Burleson will depart the entertainment program Extra and move to a contributing role at NFL Network, where he has co-hosted Good Morning Football.

As OutKick reported last year, NFL Network wanted to move Burleson from GMFB to a revamped evening program, but Burleson declined that option because he didn’t want to move from New York to Los Angeles.

UPDATE: OutKick has learned more details on Burleson’s new role on NFL Network. Sources say NFL Network will sporadically use Burleson on various linear programs, mostly via remote, including Good Morning Football. In addition, Burleson will have an increased role on NFL Network’s digital properties and have a presence on the network’s Super Bowl coverage when it doesn’t conflict with CBS’s coverage of the game.

CBS This Morning airs in New York City and is moving to a new studio in Times Square next month

CBS looks to make a splash in morning television with the younger, energetic Burleson. While Today and Good Morning America are the gold standards, both programs are in a decline, leaving room for competitors to challenge them for viewers. I discussed this topic at length in a July column.

In June, Burleson guest-hosted CBS This Morning while Dokoupil was on paternity leave. It turns out, CBS was auditioning Burleson for the role permanently, and it looks like he passed.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.

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