Oprah Winfrey has made herself CEO and chief creative officer of OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, as she intensifies her focus on turning around the ratings-challenged network, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The move follows by about two months the ouster of former CEO Christina Norman. Discovery Communications Chief Operating Officer Peter Liguori has been serving as interim CEO since Norman’s departure.
Winfrey said in a statement: “I am ready to dedicate my full creative energy and focus as the full-time CEO of OWN.”
The story reports: “Also taking top positions at OWN are two of Winfrey’s trusted lieutenants. Erik Logan and Sheri Salata, currently presidents of Harpo Studios, Winfrey’s production company, will now serve as presidents of OWN.”
Winfrey, who recently ended the run of her successful syndicated daytime talk show, has admitted that she hasn’t been as focused as she should have been on OWN.