Oprah Winfrey Will End Her Current Show on September 2011
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is expected to announce today, November 20, that she will end her current show on September 9, 2011 after being on air for 25 years since 1986. The reason: to concentrate on the start of her own network.
The coming of this final show has been the topic of several rumors ever since Winfrey announced January last year that she partnered with Discovery to open a new cable network named OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network). It is expected to finally start broadcasting in 2011 to 75 million homes. It is believed that, if not a revamped version, then a new talk show will be hosted by Oprah on OWN.
Winfrey’s production company, Harpo, Inc., confirmed the decision of the host to end the show after its current contract expires. The company produced shows of Rachel Ray, Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz.
Several national and local networks stand to lose ratings and revenues once the program is pulled out. CBS syndicates the show while ABC broadcasts it.