Oprah Packs Up Her Toys

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THE PLANK NOVEMBER 20, 2009

Oprah Packs Up Her Toys

It's all over the news today that Oprah Winfrey will end her syndicated talk show in 2011, after 25 seasons.

No need for women--or the book publishing industry--to panic. The assumption is that Oprah will move some version of her gab fest to, or at least make frequent appearance on, her soon-to-be-launched, modestly named cable channel, the Oprah Winfrey Network (aka OWN).

But Oprah's impending move is grim news for both CBS, which owns the show's lip-smackingly lucrative syndication rights, and ABC, where the show is largely aired, in many cases in the 4:00 slot that serves as lead-in to the local news. 

Hear that pounding? It's the sound of another giant nail being driven into the coffin of broadcast tv.

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