Oprah Winfrey’s media empire may drastically change within the next two years.
A rep for Harpo Productions tells Zap2it: “She has not made a decision yet. As she has previously stated, she’ll make an announcement
before the end of the year.”
The story by Nikke Finke claims that the Oprah Winfrey Network, owned by Discovery Communications, was supposed to launch as a joint venture between Winfrey and Discovery, but was delayed. Now it seems that Discovery is giving her an ultimatum: move the show off syndication and on to OWN or lose the network altogether.
The supposed move could happen as early as 2011, and Winfrey is reportedly meeting with programming execs to get the ball rolling on the move. OWN will replace Discovery Health, which can be seen in 70 million homes.
In an update, Finke also says that CBS Television Distribution, which syndicates “Oprah,” was blindsided by her story, but there was no other definitive statement since nothing has been made official .
If this is true, what do you think? Will Oprah’s viewers stay loyal and follow her to cable?
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