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Oprah Winfrey Opens Up About Struggles With OWN Network

Discovery Communications, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- It's been more than a year since Oprah Winfrey launched her OWN television network. On Sunday's edition of Oprah Builds a Network, the former queen of daytime talk opened up about her tumultuous past year and all she had to do to keep her network afloat.

"I don't know of a worse week of my entire life," Winfrey said in the two-part documentary of her first year as CEO of OWN. "I certainly did not expect the velocity of schadenfreude -- meaning people sort of lying in wait for you to fail, or make a mistake."

From her very public decision to lay off 30 employees to canceling Rosie O'Donnell's talk show, Winfrey said running a network comes with challenges.

"I knew from the time I stepped in as CEO, the only way through is that you're either going to have to end it, or you're going to have to make some cutbacks now so you'll be able to go forward," she said.

A media powerhouse for decades, Winfrey said these past tough months have been eye-opening.

"The fact that no matter what you've accomplished, that you're still susceptible to that kind of schadenfreude, really was really very helpful to me," she said.

Winfrey now realizes that success is all about the climb.

"There's no way you can accomplish anything of any value without having a challenge," she said. "Nobody rides into anything. Nobody."

Now, just more than a year out the gate, Winfrey revealed how she feels about starting her OWN network.

"A network that gets to carry your name and your vision and your heart's desire, literally your heart's desire ... you get to play out on the stage of a television. Wow that's grace. That's good," she said.

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Oprah Winfrey Said to Become CEO of OWN

PRNewsFoto/Discovery Communications(NEW YORK) -- Just three months after her syndicated daytime talk show ended, Oprah Winfrey is said to be on the path towards becoming the CEO of her cable network, OWN.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal reports that Winfrey will assume her new role sometime this fall.  Along with being Oprah Winfrey Network's CEO, she will also serve as the channel's chief creative officer.

The current presidents of Winfrey's television-production company Harpo Studios -- Erik Logan and Sheri Salata -- will shift their titles to preside over OWN in mid-July, the Journal says.

The people familiar with the matter add that Winfrey's production company will begin directing all of its new TV production solely toward filling the network's programming needs.

Viewership for OWN has fallen since the channel made its much-hyped debut on Jan. 1.

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Lady Gaga Tops Forbes Celebrity 100 List

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- She doesn't earn as much money, but when it comes to celebrity power, Lady Gaga's got it all over Oprah Winfrey.  This year, Gaga tops Forbes magazine's annual Celebrity 100 list, a ranking of the most powerful stars of music, movies, TV, sports, comedy, publishing, and modeling.

The list was compiled based not only on a celebrity's earnings, but also their standing on social media, mentions in the press, and appearances on TV and magazine cover stories.  So even though Gaga earned $90 million this past year compared to Oprah's $170 million, Gaga's complete and utter domination of Twitter and Facebook allowed her to pass Oprah to snag the #1 spot -- Oprah had to settle for #2.  Justin Bieber is number three on the list, also thanks to his social media dominance.  He's followed by U2 at #4 and Elton John at #5. The rest of the top 10 includes Tiger Woods, Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, Simon Cowell, and Lebron James, in that order.

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Oprah Finale: A 30-Second Ad Costs What?!

Oprah Winfrey/ABC News(CHICAGO) -- Companies looking to buy a 30-second advertisement on the Oprah series finale will have to shell out $1 million, according to reports.

The going price for an ad on the May 25 finale would top the finales of ABC’s Lost and Fox’s 24, but pale in comparison to the finale of CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, which garnered $1.2 million, and the Friends finale, which took in $2 million per 30-second spot.

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Who's The Most Powerful Woman in Entertainment?

Photo Courtesy - ABC(NEW YORK) -- Anne Sweeney, the president of Disney/ABC Television Group, has topped the 2010 "Women in Entertainment Power 100" list by The Hollywood Reporter.

Sweeney shared the honor last year with Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal, who came in second this year.

Also appearing in the top five spots were Bonnie Hamme, chairman of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment; Oprah Winfrey, chairman of Harpo Studios; and Abbe Raven, president and CEO of A&E Television Networks.

The 19th annual list was determined by revenue generated for companies, valuation of assets, and number of employees overseen, among other criteria.

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