NEW YORK (AP) _ Sam Donaldson is staying put.

The veteran ABC newsman was in talks with MSNBC about a prime-time talk show, but those negotiations have ended without a deal, network representatives said Friday.

Struggling MSNBC still has its eyes open for a new prime-time host, following this week's firing of Phil Donahue.

Donaldson's ABC radio program will originate from the Persian Gulf in upcoming weeks, and the 68-year-old will be available to ABC television broadcasts if hostilities break out, ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said.

``We're delighted that Sam will be staying with the ABC News family,'' Schneider said.