Tennessee State Alum Oprah Winfrey Assumes C.E.O. Role at O.W.N. Network
Tennessee State University alumnus and talk show guru Oprah Winfrey today announced that she will assume the duties of chief executive officer for her recently launched “Oprah Winfrey Network.” Winfrey will have day-to-day oversight and creative control over production and management aspects of the network.
She is claiming the title once held by Christina Norman, the former CEO who was dismissed in May. Norman’s position was filled in the interim by Peter Liguori, a former Fox exec and current chief operating officer for Discovery. On top of the management shakeups, OWN has struggled to shore up disappointing ratings. Winfrey recently admitted that the channel endured “bumps” during the launch because part of her attention was focused on ending the final season of her syndicated show. She has since pledged to devote her full energies to OWN.
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Oprah Winfrey appointed CEO of OWN Network – Celebrity Circuit – CBS News