The talk show host and business tycoon who tops lists of the world’s richest and most influential women every year is now the boss of her own lifestyle cable network.
In the 25 years that Oprah Winfrey has been on our television screens she has built up a massive following and a massive fortune. The network will broadcast a range of lifestyle and reality shows tailored to Winfrey’s loyal fan base.
During a preview on Saturday Winfrey expressed her desire to build a network which empowers the viewer to turn their dreams into reality. The Oprah Winfrey Network, OWN, will have a strong message of empowerment and will focus for the most part on women.
One programme will see competitors fighting for the chance to host their own TV show, another will follow the day to day life of Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, and Canadian country singer Shania Twain will front new show Why Not?.
OWN has been created with Discovery Communications has been the focus of some controversy in its journey to screens. The launch date was pushed back twice and the cost of running it has peaked to a reported £121 million.
Fans of the star have also slammed the decision to make OWN a subscription service. Those with basic cable or no cable at all are taking to message boards in protest. Comments made it clear that the viewers who loved her syndicated programme will be unable or unwilling to pay extra to follow Oprah to the network.
The Oprah Winfrey Show went off air in 2010 following an action packed farewell season which saw John Travolta fly the entire audience to Australia.