Oprah Describes Her Greatest Fear–Over Starting Her OWN Cable Net

Dec 9, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Oprah Winfrey says the greatest fear she has ever felt in her life was over starting the OWN cable network, Reuters reports.

Winfrey revealed her fears in an interview with her own O magazine.

“I have never felt such fear in all my life,” she tells the magazine. “I was afraid of failing. … I was afraid it wouldn’t be what ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ has been, and has meant, for all these years. What I realized is that I’ve never been afraid before. Not with any decision I’ve ever made.”

OWN is scheduled to launch Jan. 1 as a joint project of Winfrey’s Harpo Inc. and Discovery Communications. It will be distributed on the former Discovery Health Channel, and will initially be available in 80 million homes, the story says.

Winfrey’s long-running syndicated talk show will wind down in May 2011.


  1. it will fail miserably. how much oprah can one take in a 24 hour period.

  2. The real heartbreak here is that the always interesting Discovery Health Channel is going away to make room for OWN. DHC was a continually informative network with fascinating documentaries. Hopefully the programming will be integrated somewhere on one of the Discovery Networks — the concept is too good to lose and it was a smart network.

  3. If Oprah wants her “OWN” network, that’s fine. I don’t believe it will be that popular. Fact is she’s taking away one of the best networks – Discovery Health. This is a very informative and interesting network. What’s going to happen to those programs already on DHN? I’m sure many people are going to miss DHN. I know I will.

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