How to Replace Oprah? They’re Working on It

January 7, 2011  |  

(New York Times) — With the collective attention of the television industry centered this week on the launch of OWN, Oprah Winfrey’s new cable channel, the Chicago television station where it all started was preoccupied with the question raised many months ago: how to replace Ms. Winfrey when her daily show ends in September?  In the hope that lightning can strike twice, Emily Barr, president and general manager of the ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7, decided to take the risk of developing a new local program instead of the cheaper route of buying a syndicated show.

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