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OWN confirms January 2011 launch date

The Oprah Winfrey Network has confirmed that it will launch in January, 2011. The statement from OWN CEO Christina Norman was released shortly after Winfrey bade an emotional goodbye to the audience of her daytime talk show, which will be signing off on Sept. 9, 2011 after 25 years in syndication. 'Oprah has been nourishing people through her television show for nearly 25 years, a legacy that has touched millions the world over,' said Norman. 'She is the life force behind OWN and will be guiding the effort for this completely new 24-hour television experience premiering in January 2011.'
November 20, 2009

The Oprah Winfrey Network has confirmed that it will launch in January, 2011. The statement from OWN CEO Christina Norman was released shortly after Winfrey bade an emotional goodbye to the audience of her daytime talk show, which will be signing off on Sept. 9, 2011 after 25 years in syndication. ‘Oprah has been nourishing people through her television show for nearly 25 years, a legacy that has touched millions the world over,’ said Norman. ‘She is the life force behind OWN and will be guiding the effort for this completely new 24-hour television experience premiering in January 2011.’

David Zaslav, Discovery Communications’ president and CEO, also issued a statement today concerning the end of The Oprah Winfrey Show and the star’s involvement in OWN, a joint venture between Winfrey and Discovery Communications. ‘There is no bigger brand in media than Oprah Winfrey,’ he said. ‘She has changed the broadcast landscape and how people consume television. Along the way, she impacted our culture and touched us all. We congratulate her and our friends at Harpo for their many achievements, and their years of creating truly ground-breaking television. Discovery Communications has a tremendous partner in Oprah, and we look forward to bringing her and her creative vision, programming and unique voice to approximately 80 million homes on OWN, as well as online through the award-winning Oprah.com.’

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