CHICAGO (AP) — Oprah Winfrey is selling Harpo Studios in Chicago to a developer, but the studio will remain on the property for another two years. Winfrey filmed "The Oprah Winfrey Show" at the studio from 1990 to 2011, when she ended the talk show to start the Oprah Winfrey Network on cable.
If she wrote a book about OWN, Oprah Winfrey said on CBS This Morning yesterday, she could call it 101 Mistakes. Oprah's No. 1 error? Launching her cable TV network "when we really weren't ready to launch," she confessed to best friend Gayle King and her co-host, Charlie Rose. About her 15-month-old joint venture with Discovery Communications (DISCA), Oprah added: "Had I known it was this difficult, I might have done something else." With the former daytime TV queen now averaging fewer than 300,000 viewers in primetime, might she pull the plug on her cable network and go back to broadcast?
GATINEAU, Que. — The federal broadcast regulators will take a look at the educational aspect of the Oprah Winfrey Network Canada to determine if it is meeting its licence requirements of broadcasting educational content.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications says it will hold a hearing next Tuesday looking into whether the network’s shows are educational enough to meet its mandate.
Media company Corus Entertainment Inc. has the licence for the Oprah Winfrey Network Canada channel.
Before Oprah Winfrey became the $2.9 billion media mogul she is today, the TV personality started her career in local news. Oprah recently explained her career trajectory, saying, "There have always been patterns in my life — whenever I feel like I've grown enough in one place, I move on."
[AP] - The Oprah Winfrey Network launching Saturday is wary of promising too much of a good thing -- Winfrey herself. In stoking interest in the cable channel, the goal is to exploit Winfrey's popularity while emphasizing that OWN won't be all Oprah, all the time.