Oprah TV coming soon

By Tim Surette

Jan 16, 2008

Oprah's conquest to rule over all entertainment took another giant step today.

The media mogul and Discovery Communications announced they were partnering up for the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), which will launch in 2009. OWN will be split down the middle between Discovery Communications and Oprah's Harpo Productions and is described as a "multiplatform media venture...designed to entertain, inform, and inspire people to live their best lives."

When the channel is ready for the airwaves, Discovery will flip a switch and slap OWN over Discovery Health Channel, which will presumably be laid to rest. DHC is currently available in more than 70 million households, according to Discovery.

"Fifteen years ago, I wrote in my journal that one day I would create a television network, as I always felt my show was just the beginning of what the future could hold," said Winfrey. "For me, the launch of The Oprah Winfrey Network is the evolution of the work I've been doing on television all these years and a natural extension of my show."

As chairman of OWN, Winfrey will have "full editorial control" over the channel's programming. Her wildly popular talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, could also wind up airing exclusively on the channel.

When asked about moving the show to OWN when its contract expires in 2010 or 2011, Winfrey said that was in the plans. "Eventually that will happen, we hope," she said, according to The New York Times.

Winfrey's Oprah.com will also be folded into the venture, but its unclear how.

Called by some to be the "most influential woman in the world," Winfrey is worth an estimated $2.5 billion. Winfrey previously helped start the Oxygen Network, which was sold off in October to NBC Universal.

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  • manga_queen Jun 27, 2008

    I luv discovery health!!! Oprah can't just do that I hate Oprah anyway's.... I stopped watching her show 2 years ago cuz it's just the same old stuff!!!

  • bigtvfan78 Mar 30, 2008

    I don't think it'll be a good move for Oprah to take a show that ppl can see for free and move it to a channel that not every cable/satellite company offers. I hope its not more O mag with her being the center of every show - I mean I know the mag bears your name but couldn't you put someone else on the cover?

  • johandogod Jan 25, 2008

    This is not Sparta. This is not even madness. This is Oprah.

  • helensmith5200 Jan 19, 2008

    Someone should find her journals and burn them before she's able to do any more damage to television.
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  • LAURAMARIE63 Jan 17, 2008

    Someone should find her journals and burn them before she's able to do any more damage to television.

  • telvisnostic Jan 17, 2008

    ssimonds1, I was thinking the same thing.

  • sadisfied Jan 17, 2008

    I'm sick of Oprah

  • ssimonds1 Jan 16, 2008

    Isn't Oxygen Oprah TV.

  • Dakotagirl823 Jan 16, 2008

    I liked Discovery Health but all good things must end eventually. Personally, I'm sick of Oprah Winfrey and I stopped watching her show five years ago.

  • scatha_guardian Jan 16, 2008

    Probably because Dr. Oz or whatever his name is on it. She loves him...

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