Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) lays off 30 employees in LA and New York

By on Mar 20, 2012 in Business, Entertainment, Television, United States Comments

Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has reportedly laid off 30 employees in Los Angeles and New York, just days after Rosie O’Donnell‘s ‘The Rosie Show’ was announced canceled after 5 months of airing.

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As noted at Deadline.com on Monday, March 19, 2012, OWN CEO Oprah Winfrey announced that day that her 30 employees has been laid off or about 20% of the workforce, as the network continues to struggle for ratings.

According to the report, among those affected in the lay off is OWN SVP Production Julie Stern, with the responsibilities handled by the terminated positions to be redistributed among the remaining executives, as the company goes into restructuring its operations.

With this, Michelle Holt, VP Production, OWN, will oversee production, replacing Stern; while Ian Parmiter, SVP Marketing, Discovery Ad Sales, will oversee integrated marketing for OWN, which started its operation last January 1, 2011.

“It is difficult to make tough business decisions that affect people’s lives, but the economics of a start-up cable network just don’t work with the cost structure that was in place.” Oprah was quoted in a
statement on Monday.

“As CEO, I have a responsibility to chart the course for long-term success for the network. To wholly achieve that long-term success, this was a necessary next step.” Oprah added, whose interview to the family of the late Whitney Houston last March 11, including Bobbi Kristina Brown reportedly had 3.5 million viewers.

As reported earlier, OWN, the cable network co-venture of Oprah Winfrey‘s Harpo Studios and Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications, axed ‘The Rosie Show’‘, which the last episode to be taped this Tuesday, March 20 and will be aired on March 30.

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