Celebrity Ford in ABC's Future By People Staff Published on January 13, 1999 12:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email ABC News has lured Jack Ford away from NBC to be a host and correspondent on “20/20,” thus making him a leading candidate to replace Charles Gibson on “Good Morning America.” The amiable Ford has been the chief legal correspondent at NBC and co-anchor of the “Today” show weekend editions. A former prosecutor in Monmouth County, N.J., Ford began a TV career as a legal commentator at New York’s WCBS-TV in 1983. He was an anchor at Court TV from 1991 until 1994. He’ll leave “Today” following Saturday’s edition. On the other side of the fence, NBC is expected to announce soon that it has hired a defector from ABC. Newsman Forrest Sawyer (who left ABC this summer) will sign on as a substitute anchor at various NBC shows, according to a network source.