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Oprah Winfrey has yet to decide on a possible move of her syndicated talk show to cable’s forthcoming Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), her production company said Thursday.
Responding to a report that “The Oprah Winfrey Show” would move from syndicated television to OWN in mid-2011, Winfrey’s production company Harpo Inc. said the TV star would make an announcement by the end of the year.
“She has not made a decision yet. As she has previously stated, she’ll be making an announcement before the end of the year,” Harpo spokesman Don Halcombe said.
As previously reported, entertainment blogger Nikki Finke wrote in a report on Thursday that Winfrey would end the Chicago-based talk show when her current syndication deal runs out at the end of the 2010-11 TV season, and move it to Los Angeles-based OWN as soon as mid 2011.
Such a move would hit CBS Corp’s CBS Television Distribution arm, which syndicates the show, and Walt Disney Co’s ABC’s owned and operated TV stations which broadcast the daytime program.
“We’re obviously in constant conversation with Oprah. She’s a legend and one of the great assets we have,” CBS CEO Les Moonves told reporters in an earnings conference call, adding that CBS was hopeful of keeping her.
CBS released a statement saying that nothing had changed. “The decision is Oprah’s to make. As we have stated repeatedly, we love Oprah and if she wants to continue her show then we want to continue to be in business with her.”