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OWN having difficulties in Canada with CRTC

OWNGiven 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?



Written by: Hamatosan
Mar 17th, 2013, 10:58 am

Images courtesy of OWN


Message Posted On Mar 18th, 2013, 3:05 am
Too much regulation around TV programming in Canada; and yet very little regulation around the costs to consumers. I cannot afford to subscribe to OWN, and the programming, as it stands is not worth the it anyway. With the restrictions geared towards more educational programming, I will not likely want to subscribe either. The CRTC has outlived its purpose! Canadian's would be better served for increased competition in the broadcast marketplace.

Message Posted On Mar 18th, 2013, 3:00 am
Nope! You have to pay for it to get it part of your cable service; and I am not paying more $$$ to Rogers or Bell! They charge far too much for specialty service stations. And, with all the regulations applied to these channels and the lack of money spent on the content, you get a LOT or repeats, and often from shows you can watch on other channels you are paying for, or have seen decades ago. TV in Canada is starting to be NOT worth the price.

Message Posted On Mar 18th, 2013, 12:56 am
It's geared for a very narrow demographic, everybody else voids it due to lack of quality (or otherwise) content.

Message Posted On Mar 17th, 2013, 11:54 am
Does anybody watch OWN - I avoid it like the plague and refuse to click on any article about it unless it's about it's demise or troubles Pop pablum at its worst
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