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Head of Oprah Winfrey's New Network Fired Due to Poor Ratings

PRNewsFoto/Discovery Communications, George Burns(NEW YORK) -- The head of Oprah Winfrey's new network, OWN, is out.

The New York Times reports channel bosses cited lower than expected ratings in its decision to let go of CEO Christina Norman.  Peter Ligouri, the chief operating officer for Discovery Communications, will replace Norman on an interim basis.

In a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Winfrey said, "I want to thank Christina for her important accomplishments, incredible passion and many sacrifices in helping to launch the network.  With the final taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show only a few weeks away I will soon be able to devote my full energies to OWN.  This is a natural point of transition and I am confident that Peter, as an integral part of the launch of OWN, will be a terrific partner for me going forward."

Discovery and Winfrey, who share ownership of OWN, said the change represents a "transition from a launch phase to a more long-term focus on business and creative strategy, development and execution following the network's debut on January 1st, 2011."

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