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ABC News is in talks with Dan Abrams, chief legal analyst for NBC News, to take him away from the network where he has spent most of his career. The former MSNBC general manager’s contract finished at the end of last year, and NBC is trying to keep him, according to sources close to Abrams. “NBC News thanks Dan for his years of service and dedication. We wish him nothing but the best,” said NBC spokeswoman Lauren Kapp.

ABC is offering Abrams more on-air time as a legal analyst with “Good Morning America,” and the opportunity to substitute as an anchor, something he never did as a “Today” show contributor. “Dan’s a talented guy, and any news organization would be lucky to have him,” said ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider. ABC News chief legal correspondent Chris Cuomo would not be affected if Abrams joined the network.

This story first appeared in the January 25, 2011 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Abrams first worked for NBC Sports as a gofer during the Seoul Olympics in 1988. He returned to the network almost a decade later as a general assignment reporter, after finishing law school and covering the O.J. Simpson trial for Court TV. Abrams led MSNBC as general manager for just over a year, and also hosted programs of his own on the cable network, including “The Abrams Report,” “Live with Dan Abrams” and “Verdict with Dan Abrams.” In 2009, he launched Mediaite, the first in a growing stable of Abrams Media Network blogs, and also entered the restaurant business as an investor in The Lion.

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