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Behind the Scenes of MSNBC with Dan

July 23, 2006 7:15 PM

Dan Abrams is fine with leaving behind hosting the MSNBC show "The Abrams Report" to instead run the struggling cable news channel. I chatted with Abrams at the Keith Olberman breakfast Saturday morning at press tour to see how he's been faring in his new gig as network chief.

"If I was really going to miss it I wouldn't have done this," he said of jumping into the executive ranks.

"I haven't reached a point where I'm saying, 'Oh my goodness, what did I do?' So far, so good, although it was a sacrifice I knew was coming."

The escalating crisis in the Middle East is putting pressure on Abrams's schedule change to documentaries at 10 p.m. (ET) and 11 p.m., but Abrams said MSNBC is sticking to its new programming and covering the day's news.

"We also said when there's big news, we were goign to have a crash team ready to go, that that team has been busy at work, crashign, and allowing us to cover this story with some tape at night," he said. "We're doing it a little bit differently, trying to do it in the documentary-type mold, but also recognizing this is an enormous story of enormous importance."


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