News aficionados surfing over to CBS NewsCBSN video stream this morning might have been greeted by an unfamiliar face: Yes, that was Josh Elliott, the former “Good Morning America” host, telling online viewers about the deadly attacks that took place overnight in Brussels.

It’s true, CBS News announced earlier this month that the anchor was coming aboard to work on the network’s broadband feed, which launched in November of 2014. But he was not supposed to start until Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the matter. The severity of the news prompted an earlier start, this person said. Elliott held forth this afternoon alongside Vinita Nair.

Elliott left his most prominent perch, delivering the news for ABC’s “Good Morning America,” in the spring of 2014 to join NBC Sports. Speculation at the time held that NBC may have been considering him for a role on “Today,” its rival a.m. program. Nothing along those lines seemed to pan out, and Elliott’s profile was not as high during his time with the Peacock. He parted ways with NBC late last year, before the terms of his contract had elapsed.

He is expected to anchor from the studio and the field, as circumstances warrant, and will also appear on CBS News broadcasts.

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