Mr. Abrams, who reports to Mr. Griffin, will no longer anchor his nightly program, "The Abrams Report," but will remain NBC's top legal correspondent, providing on-air commentary for "Today" and other NBC News and MSNBC programs. Mr. Griffin retains his current duty of overseeing NBC News' "Today" show.
Mr. Abrams' appointment was especially surprising to many since moving on-air talent into a management role is rare. The network didn't announce a replacement anchor for "The Abrams Report," which has been on the air since 2001.
Both Mr. Abrams and Mr. Griffin are MSNBC veterans. Prior to heading NBC's "Today," Mr. Griffin was head of prime-time programming at MSNBC, and before that was executive producer of "Hardball with Chris Matthews."