MSNBC Names Abrams General Manager

Jun 12, 2006  •  Post A Comment

MSNBC named nine-year on-air veteran Dan Abrams as general manager the No. 3 ranked cable-news network.

Abrams will stop hosting “The Abrams Report,” though he’ll continue as NBC News’ chief legal correspondent, providing analysis and commentary for “Today” and other programs. Abrams will report to NBC News Senior VP Phil Griffin, NBC News President Steve Capus said today in a statement.

The legal correspondent succeeds Rick Kaplan, who left his position of president and general manager of MSNBC last week with six months left on his contract. There was no immediate information available about what is meant by Mr. Abrams not getting the MSNBC president’s title.

Griffin, who spent nearly a decade at MSNBC, will oversee the cable news network as well as continuing his duties overseeing NBC News’ “Today.”

“MSNBC is a key asset in the NBC News portfolio and this management restructuring will enable it to build on the momentum it already has,” Mr. Capus said. “Dan will bring an insider’s perspective to the job. Dan is passionate about MSNBC and has the experience and strategic vision to lead it into its second decade.”

We are also extremely fortunate that Phil Griffin will re-assume a leadership position overseeing MSNBC,” Mr. Capus said.

“Nothing is more important to me than the future success of MSNBC,” Mr. Abrams said.