Nat Geo prepares for January lift-off


The National Geographic Society is gearing up for the January launch of its cable channel with an hour-long gala tribute to itself. Pierce Brosnan will host
Ford Motor Co. Presents Heroes for the Planet: A Tribute to National Geographic
, live from the Warner Theatre in Washington on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. on The National Geographic Channel.

The program will be simulcast on CNBC (which carries National Geographic's

series on weekend nights) and rebroadcast on Fox News Channel (Fox being a two-thirds partner in the Nat Geo Channel) at 9 p.m.