Oprah Winfrey Network Lays Off 30 Workers

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey's struggling television network, OWN, is laying off 30 workers and restructuring its operations in New York and Los Angeles.

Winfrey said in a statement Monday that the decision is a "tough" one. She says the economics of a startup cable network didn't fit with OWN's cost structure.

OWN launched in January 2011 as an ambitious new platform for Winfrey after stepping away from her long-running daytime talk show.

It has proved a rocky venture. Viewership for OWN shows have been largely unimpressive, and the network canceled Rosie O'Donnell's low-rated talk show last week.


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