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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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