Canada is pissed off and now Oprah Winfrey has to face the music.
Canada's TV czar wants answers from the legendary TV host as to why the Oprah Winfrey Network should be kept on Canadian TV. You see, the network originally was granted a license that focused on education. Now the regulators of Canadian TV say the network has strayed away from that and focus too much on celebrities and their relationships.
Corus Entertainment will appear on Winfrey's behalf. Corus in the licensee for the network and will defend it December 11 during the CRTC show cause hearing.
Corus rebranded its Viva cable network last year as OWN Canada and has slowly shifted away from what it originally did since the 1990s. The regulator says that the two rebrandings of the network have left it airing too much Winfrey and friends content, with them discussing food, fashion, love and romance. The regulator wants more of a focus on “basic adult education, job development skills or professional development."
At the hearing, Corus will defend its programing and explain how it thinks it is complying with the license mandate. If they fail, a mandatory order can be imposed that causes the network to meet obligations or face losing their broadcast license.