Given all the difficulties that Oprah Winfrey and her Oprah Winfrey Network have experienced since it began airing, do you think the legendary talk show host wishes she would have just kept with her old gig and not had to deal with all this?
The latest hiccup in OWN's road is occurring north of the border, as the CRTC has put the network on a short leash. The organization said that it would not pull the broadcast license from Corus Entertainment for the Canadian version of OWN (even though it has strayed too far from its original educational mandate), but that it would make sure that Corus ensures that OWN “complies with its nature of service definition."
So expect more educational programming and "learning opportunities" on the network, with less celebrity-lifestyle programming.
The network has to be 55 percent formal education and preschool programing during its daytime hours, according to the CRTC. Expect cuts to come from Eat Yourself Sexy, Anna and Kristina's Shopping Bag and the Nate Berkus Show.
In 2012, Corus rebranded and relaunched its Viva channel as OWN Canada, a localized version of the U.S. version. It quickly shifted its content, which it what has led to this.
Any Canadian readers watch OWN?