OWN programming block to launch in Australia

Programs such as Oprah's Next Chapter (pictured) and America with Lisa Ling will air in Australia exclusively on Discovery Home & Health.
June 17, 2013

Programming from OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will be making its way to Australia.

A weekly block of OWN programming, including such titles as Oprah’s Next Chapter (pictured) and America with Lisa Ling (known as Our America with Lisa Ling in the U.S.) will air in Australia exclusively via Discovery Home & Health carried by Foxtel, beginning on August 4.

Other programs to air as part of the Australian programming block include the ‘Super Soul Sunday’ strand and The Oprah Winfrey Show: Behind the Scenes (known in the U.S. as Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes).

The Australian launch follows a similar debut of OWN programming in the UK via TLC announced in April. Discovery Networks International (DNI) says plans to launch more OWN programming blocks across the company’s global lifestyle portfolio are currently being explored.

“OWN programming is the perfect complement to the lifestyle and entertainment shows airing on DNI’s popular female flagship brands,” said Luis Silberwasser, executive vice president and chief content officer, DNI, in a statement. “With the block’s successful launch in the UK now under our belts, we are primed to bring this robust offering to Australian audiences.”

“We are thrilled to build on the network’s established momentum with our shows soon to be available in the Australian market,” added OWN president Erik Logan. “Oprah has a tremendous love for Australia and is excited to bring OWN programming to viewers on Foxtel.”


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