CNBC Goes Global, Wakes Up Earlier

Englewood Cliffs, N.J. — The business day is going to get started a little earlier at CNBC.

Starting Dec. 19, the network will roll out what it’s billing as the first live, global daily business-news program. Tapping resources from CNBC, CNBC Europe and CNBC Asia, the yet-to-be-named, two-hour program will air from 4 a.m.-6 a.m. (ET) and be anchored by hosts in New York (actually, CNBC’s North Jersey headquarters), London and Singapore.

“This will not be a rehash of yesterday’s business news, but reflect what’s happening at the moment as part of global economy and trading,” CNBC president Mark Hoffman said.

The premiere of the worldwide program coincides with CNBC assuming full control of both CNBC Europe and CNBC Asia, beginning in January.

The global show will be followed by an expanded four-hour Squawk Box. A new tri-anchor format with Joe Kerner, Becky Quick and the returning Carl Quintanilla will oversee matters until 9 a.m.

In the subsequent hour, Mark Haines will host 9 a.m. live Squawk on the Street from a new set at the New York Stock Exchange. Joining the team is former Newsweek senior editor Charles Gasparino.

Atlantic City’s Out, Las Vegas In For Miss America Pageant

Nashville, Tenn. — The 2006 Miss America Pageant will be held at the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Country Music Television announced Wednesday.

CMT will air the Miss America Pageant live Saturday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. (EST/PST). ABC dropped the rights to air the event last year, and the event had been held in Atlantic City, N.J., for the past 84 years. WE: Women’s Entertainment also contended to gain the rights.

'Battlestar’ to Fly For a Third Season

New York — As expected, Sci Fi Channel has renewed original series Battlestar Galactica for a third season.

The network said production on the new batch of 20 episodes will begin in Vancouver, British Columbia, in February, and premiere later next year.

Executive producer and writer Ronald D. Moore and executive producer David Eick will return, as will the entire cast, including Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer and Grace Park.