Oprah gets her OWN channel

Oprah Winfrey, the talk show host whose media empire also includes a television production company, radio show, magazine, a website and other ventures, will soon be getting her own television network.

Winfrey and Discovery Communications said on Tuesday that they would jointly create OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, a cable television channel to make its debut in 2009 on what is now the Discovery Health Channel.

Discovery Health is available in more than 70million homes.

The new channel will initially not carry The Oprah Winfrey Show, the top-rated syndicated daytime talk show featuring Winfrey as host.

But Winfrey said that she had the option to end that show in 2010 or 2011 and could move the talk show to the new channel then.

"Eventually, that will happen," she said on Tuesday.

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