Brosnan to Toast Nat Geo Launch


WASHINGTON -National Geographic Channel said it will officially debut its domestic channel on Jan. 7, with a live, one-hour special hosted by actor Pierce Brosnan.

The network will shoot the special,
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, from a gala event Brosnan will host at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington.

CNBC will simulcast the event, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., preceding its weekly program
National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic sister network Fox News Channel will rebroadcast the event at 9 p.m. Fox Cable Networks owns 67 percent of the domestic National Geographic Channel; National Geographic Television owns 33 percent.

National Geographic Channel plans a "soft launch" on Jan. 1, when its programming will become available to about 10 million AT&T Broadband, DirecTV Inc. and Adelphia Communications Corp. subscribers, a spokesman said.