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Monday
May092011

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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Thursday
Dec302010

Oprah's New TV Network OWN Set for New Year's Day Launch

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/ Discovery Communications, George Burns(CHICAGO) -- Oprah Winfrey's network, OWN, launches this Saturday, Jan. 1.

Winfrey, who'll end her long-running daytime show later in 2011, doesn't plan on being a major on-camera presence on OWN, but will appear in about 70 hours worth of programming a year.  One show where you can catch her is Oprah's Next Chapter, a weekly series chronicling Winfrey's world travels.  OWN will also air old episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show, in the hopes of following up with guests.

Winfrey has also enlisted several high-profile stars to lend a hand with the network.  Dr. Phil, Suze Orman and Dr. Oz -- personalities who became stars after appearing on Winfrey's daytime show -- will return the favor by taking part in Ask Oprah's All Stars, in which they answer viewers' questions relating to their fields of expertise.

Another show heavy on A-listers is Master Class.  Stars like Simon Cowell, Sidney Poitier, Maya Angelou, Diane Sawyer and Winfrey herself will discuss their personal highs and lows and open up about their life lessons.

Winfrey's longtime best friend, Gayle King, will also have her own show, as will Shania Twain, Lisa Ling, Ryan and Tatum O'Neal, The Judds and Rosie O'Donnell.  O'Donnell, whose program will premiere in the fall, says OWN is bound to be a hit because Winfrey "has a standard of excellence" and "nothing she has done has ever failed."

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Thursday
Sep302010

Oprah Winfrey: 'I Want Millions of People' to Watch OWN

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Discovery Communications, George BurnsHaving made an indelible mark on broadcast television, Oprah Winfrey's ready to take over cable. In a new interview with Fortune magazine, the media mogul reveals what led her to create OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, which is slated to debut in at least 80 million homes come January.

"I'm so tired of the chairs," she told the magazine about the seats on the set of The Oprah Winfrey Show. "For me, it's about getting out of the chairs and into the hearts of people's lives." She added, "I want to expand Americans' views of other people in the world."

Though she says she's leaving the daytime talk show circuit in 2011, she's not ready to lay low.

"Playing small doesn't serve me," she said. "The truth is, I want millions of people. I'm not one of those people who says, 'Oh, if I change just one person's life...Nope, not satisfied with just a few. I want millions of people!"

To reach the masses, she's assembling a star-studded slate. Besides Winfrey herself, a slew of celebrities and talk show staples have agreed to appear on the channel, including Julia Roberts and Rosie O'Donnell.

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