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CNBC gears for business news war.

NEW YORK Moving quickly to capitalize on the departure of CNN biz news front man Lou Dobbs, CNBC execs last week greenlit an almost immediate expansion and revamp of "Business Center," the net's signature evening news wrap-up.

Program will double in length to an hour, airing weeknights from 6:30-7:30. CNBC vets Ron Insana and Sue Herera have been tapped to anchor, replacing the current team of Maria Bartiromo and Tyler Mathisen.

While Bartiromo has been bumped from "Business Center," CNBC has reaffirmed its commitment to the journo, announcing it has inked her to a multiyear deal to host and coproduce a new weekly biz-themed program.

Mathisen will co-anchor CNBC's "Market Watch" ayem program. "The Edge," which now airs from 6-7 p.m., will shrink back to a 30-minute format.

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Author:Adalian, Josef
Publication:Variety
Date:Jun 21, 1999
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