Oprah’s Debut Advances Black Media Ownership

January 3, 2011  |  

(Journalisms) — When a flick of the switch Saturday activates OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, making it available in 85 million homes, another marker will be laid in the quest for media ownership by people of color.  The new lifestyle channel — called the most-watched experiment in the television industry — will be available in both standard and high-definition on what is now the Discovery Health channel. Discovery will retain 50 percent ownership of OWN, while Winfrey’s production company, Harpo, will control the other 50 percent, according to theStreet.com.

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