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Is Oprah’s OWN Chapter Coming to an End So Soon?
FOX Business web site ^ | March 22, 2012 | Jennifer Booton

Posted on 03/22/2012 5:01:11 PM PDT by RayChuang88

A year after the world’s most famous talk-show host hung up the towel on her solo act, Oprah Winfrey is finding the behind-the-scenes work is far less glamorous.

Winfrey’s OWN cable network, part owned by Discovery Communications (DISCA: 48.18, -0.15, -0.31%), could lose as much as $143 million this year, on top of the $107 million of negative cash flow it booked in 2011, according to SNL Kagan.

The bleak view comes despite efforts by the network to cut costs, including letting go 30 employees -- or 20% of its staff -- earlier this week and canceling Rosie O'Donnell's show on low ratings.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxbusiness.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cancellation; oprah; own; tv
It appears that Oprah's efforts with her own cable channel is coming to grief with heavy financial losses, programming that doesn't appeal to many viewers and just not enough cable/satellite TV systems carrying the channel.

Alas, most everyone here on FR isn't offering her sympathy, though.

1 posted on 03/22/2012 5:01:25 PM PDT by RayChuang88
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To: RayChuang88
I think OWN qualifies as "imperial over-reach."
2 posted on 03/22/2012 5:02:57 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: RayChuang88

OWN - One Weak Network

O’Donnell Was Nullifying


3 posted on 03/22/2012 5:07:34 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: RayChuang88

Discovery has told Oprah that she’ll need to START covering half of the the losses out of her own pocket or they’re going to shut the channel down. Grab some popcorn...


4 posted on 03/22/2012 5:09:45 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: RayChuang88
Hey Orka, how's that hope-n-change workin out for you now?

The unemployed can't afford premium cable tv channels......elections have consequences.

In a twisted piece of irony, maybe she can find the shoulder of some fat harpy with a talk show to cry on.

5 posted on 03/22/2012 5:10:28 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: RayChuang88

I knew it was the death-knell for her leaving over the air TV.

That she had also said leading up to it she didn’t want to work as hard as she had been.


6 posted on 03/22/2012 5:12:24 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: RayChuang88

Oprah helped Obama get elected.


7 posted on 03/22/2012 5:12:46 PM PDT by Texas Gal (Yay shariah. It's as great as diarrhea.)
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To: jimbo123

I think you will never see a large, short woman move as fast to get outta there as Oprah, if it could decrease her money.


8 posted on 03/22/2012 5:14:36 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: RayChuang88

LOVE IT! Maybe the Kenyan in the White Hut will socialize the channel for you, O.


9 posted on 03/22/2012 5:15:12 PM PDT by Student0165
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To: Secret Agent Man

The Discovery Networks execs are taking over and taking the appropriate steps to void their contract with her.


10 posted on 03/22/2012 5:21:23 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: RayChuang88

pOWNed.


11 posted on 03/22/2012 5:22:43 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (2012 isn't an election - it's a restraining order.)
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To: RayChuang88

Alternate title: Oprah Circling the Bowl but Won’t Go Down


12 posted on 03/22/2012 5:26:04 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: jimbo123; All
Discovery has told Oprah that she’ll need to START covering half of the the losses out of her own pocket or they’re going to shut the channel down. Grab some popcorn...

I have been saying for eons she will go broke or try to save herself from going broke and jettison this beast.

Who is waiting in the wings IMHO to pick it up on the cheap?

Glenn Beck.

We would then have a conservative network, FAUX has let us down...

If he does, it would be the ultimate Schadenfreude...

13 posted on 03/22/2012 5:27:28 PM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: RightGeek

She’s a triple flusher.


14 posted on 03/22/2012 5:28:20 PM PDT by shelterguy
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To: RayChuang88

Soon can’t come soon enough except it would be nice if her $$$ stash was depleted some more so it wouldn’t be available for The Annointed One.


15 posted on 03/22/2012 5:31:53 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: RayChuang88

Hey Oprah you shouldn’t feel so bad. The leftists will see you as noble now that you are much less of a 1%’er now. welcome to the 99% club. Feel the liberal looooooooooooove.


16 posted on 03/22/2012 5:32:26 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: Texas Gal
Oprah helped Obama get elected.

.... and those darn chickens are coming home to roost!

17 posted on 03/22/2012 5:44:59 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Texas Gal

Another “business” that O’bummer has turned to poo...
The O had NO business jumping off the fence and into O’bummer harem...turned too many people off...
I watched her every now and then but when she got on that stage with the Mooch and Bam, that was it...
don’t think I was alone...


18 posted on 03/22/2012 5:45:32 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: Texas Gal
Oprah helped Obama get elected.

Not this time. . .

19 posted on 03/22/2012 6:05:01 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: RayChuang88

Oprah is a 1% er Billionaire.

Oh that can’t be right, a black woman, billionaire in racist America where ‘blacks’ can’t make it....


20 posted on 03/22/2012 6:05:28 PM PDT by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: RayChuang88

Basing all your hopes for success on a Rosie O’Donnel hate show is not what I’d call a financially sound decision.


21 posted on 03/22/2012 7:25:58 PM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: taildragger

I would LOVE to see that! Can you just see the heads exploding on the left? OTOH, there would be such coordinated effort to block sponsers...if he could get past that he’d be set.


22 posted on 03/22/2012 7:35:36 PM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: tflabo

Oprah, Put something on that people want to see! Get your Pal Obama to come on the station! Put on some wild people right and Left—Beck, Buchanan, Donhue, Get something lively going. People want a circus! Give them something for everyone.
How about a show on The KKK? The White Power Hour! Or a show on The Hammer and Star—workers of the world program. Or Black Panther Hour. A Tabloid network that would have psychics (Ms. Brown) Ufologists, arc hunters, Crypto-zoologists, Give people something to think about—argue about and talk about at the water cooler.


23 posted on 03/23/2012 12:05:15 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

Never watched her but get the gist of her rants and frankly I think people are just getting tired of it, sorta like the kid who cried wolf.


24 posted on 03/23/2012 5:54:27 AM PDT by freebird5850 (Of course Obama loves his country...it's just that Newt loves mine!)
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To: All

all she has to do is buy some solar panels and Obama will give here a bail out..


25 posted on 03/23/2012 6:01:48 AM PDT by newnhdad (Soylent green is people..)
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