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Oprah's "OWN" Channel Already Turning A Profit+Obama's Staff Change-Up

Though it only debuted five days ago, Oprah's OWN Network is expected to turn a profit its first year.  Get the deets inside plus find out why Obama's press secretary is leaving his post at The White House...

 

According to the New York Times, The Oprah Winfrey Network is expected to turn a profit in its first year...a full year before previous forecasts predicted.

Oprah indeed has the golden touch with 25 successful years in TV, a record-breaking magazine launch and now her OWN channel is kicking butt right out the gate. The profit forecast for 2011 is based on ad acceptance and good performance, which the Times reports is great so far.  Get it Lady O!

 

 

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced today that he will depart the West Wing to head up Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

The departure will take place in early February, after President Obama delivers his State of the Union speech to the new Congress. As a private consultant, Robert will remain a top political adviser to the president as the re-election campaign gears up. So far, no replacement has been named.  You ready for 2012?

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Also, I pity the uniformed black people, who sit on the computer and whine about what President Obama campaigned on, and has not done so far. Don't ya'll realize that when one campaigns, they are campaigning with the mindset that they have people in D.C. that will be WILLING to work with them. Just because Obama wants to do all this shit, does NOT mean it will happen like he wants it to. Obama does not WRITE bills, he signs them. Obama/Biden do not dictate how things go on Capitol Hill. Black people need to become educated in 2011 about shit, and realize who holds what powers in politics. Checkout the powers of Congress. Senators, and House members play a VERY important role in politics just like the President and Vice President of the United States. Obama has some power(s), but America is a democracy, and just because the President of the United States regardless of party wants/says something does not mean it will happen when or the way the want it. I bet some of ya'll don't even know how many votes it takes to pass a bill, or who is the House Speaker, and Senate Leader!
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Yeah, I am ready for re-election to come. POTUS and democrats on Capitol Hill today announced the various ways they will communicate with the public. It's too much stuff(bills) that POTUS has signed into law that have gone without recognition, that a extrememly important. I will miss Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker, she has passed countless amounts of bills, which has made her one of the best House Speakers. Congrats to Oprah on the success of her own network. Her channel is very diverse. I like some of the shows, eventhough they are not targeted towards me, since I am not 40 and up.
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PEOPLE!!! Oprah is very much in touch with her black side. She grew up in the deep south, her man is black, her best friend is black, she has quite a few black staff members that are well paid. Just because Oprah is a well educated, self made BILLIONAIRE, and speak proper doesn't mean black people don't watch her show. There are millions of black people that support Oprah me included. OBAMA2012......Gettin' ready to whoop some republican ASS....AGAIN!!! yup he WILL be re-elected.
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I adore Oprah and tuned in to

I adore Oprah and tuned in to OWN exactly at Noon and I love it. Went online to get feedback to hear what others had to say about and to my suprised all I got was hate for her. If people want to see a brown face, look in the mirror. The network is not only filled with old Dr. Phil episodes and movies... One of my favorites is when kidnapped their workaholic parents to spend time with them, then there is Search for..where a specialist from NJ helps ppl find lost family members (a 41 yr old man was reunited with his dad)...there is a Dr. Ruth type show late at nite, then the Masters where very talented ppl are interviewed. There's Mystery Dectectives, A competition show to get your own show..a cooking show.... Dang black people give her a minute...she is just getting her feet wet. Honestly, I don't prefer to see music videos or non sense talk shows.... You go Oprah (and Gayle..lol)....
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Whoever said Oprah knows

Whoever said Oprah knows black folk don't watch her shows or whatever is a jack-ass!! We are just as diverse, knowledgeable and to me, far more creative than people of other races--because we have to be! Go Lady O! I love OWN and plan to watch it regularly. Glad Mr. Gibbs is stepping down to get the re-election ball rolling. I am SO ready to pull that lever again. Obama 2012!!!!!
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thank you,girl. The black

thank you,girl. The black folk that dont watch her shows are prob ignorant and trapped in a ghetto mentality.
Anonymous's picture

That's because Oprah does not

That's because Oprah does not want to turn her "OWN" network into the "BET" network! I like what I see so far and will be watching.
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You know just thinking about

You know just thinking about how Oprah's ratings would shoot high to the sky. Since she has had Jay-z on her show several times, why not have him and Beyonce both on maybe Gales show at the same time to do a interview of them about today's happenings, and maybe their life together as a married couple.
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MIKA, OPRAH DOESN'T NEED TO DEVERSITY CAUSE SHE KNOWS BLACK PEOPLE DOESN'T WATCH HER, BLACK PEOPLE ARE MORE INTO CHICKEN HEADS NO CAREER OR EDUCATION TRASHY PEOPLE LIKE ALL THE VIDEOS PLASTIC H*OES. WHITE WOMEN MADE OPRAH, NOT THE BLACK COMMUNITY, JUST LIKE BLACK PEOPLE DON'T BUY MUSIC EITHER.
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Yeah, and this is coming from

Yeah, and this is coming from the self-hating, tragic sh*t pie who can't spell *Diversity*. Have a seat.
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Yeah, and this is coming from

Yeah, and this is coming from the self-hating, tragic sh*t pie who can't spell *Diversity*. Have a seat.
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I don't watch Oprah's show,

I don't watch Oprah's show, so all of the hype over the launch of the network went over my head. I don't see ANY brown faces on her network besides Gayle. Everyone is citing the docu-style show "Master Class" but that's one show of many. I looked @ the lineup of her shows and she's running syndicated shows from Dr. Phil and old movies. While I'm no fan of Ms Winfrey, I expected that she would be the one to hire at least one woman or man of color to host a show. And everyone will say, "its her network she can do what she wants," but if Oprah isn't leading the diversity parade then Black Hollywood is DOOMED!
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I don't watch Oprah's show,

I don't watch Oprah's show, so all of the hype over the launch of the network went over my head. I don't see ANY brown faces on her network besides Gayle. Everyone is citing the docu-style show "Master Class" but that's one show of many. I looked @ the lineup of her shows and she's running syndicated shows from Dr. Phil and old movies. While I'm no fan of Ms Winfrey, I expected that she would be the one to hire at least one woman or man of color to host a show. And everyone will say, "its her network she can do what she wants," but if Oprah isn't leading the diversity parade then Black Hollywood is DOOMED!
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other than the Master

other than the Master Piece..everything else is NOTHING to go run home and talk about. ur right...no color (if u dont count oprah) and im sad about that! i wish tyler perry (whom im not really a huge fan of) would have got a network instead..at least he hires black people to be in front of the screen. and the fact that it replaced Discovery Health (which i thought was doing very well) is just a stab in many people's hearts. but be alot of older white women sitting at home watching orpah network having afternoon show withdrawls...*sigh*
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I love Oprah!

I love Oprah!
TruStar's picture

I think black people need to

I think black people need to diversify their interests...just a thought. We are not a monolithic people that just likes one type of show/entertainment. Let's be the renaissance people that we once were...
Anonymous's picture

I just can't believe they

I just can't believe they replaced my Discovery Health channel with this shat! I'm not checking for this OWN crap. Its just a channel for post menopausal women! What I'am I supposed to do with out my show "Untold stories of the ER" ??? This can't be life! Ugh my hemorroids flare up just thinking about all of this..I need to take a nap!
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I just can't believe they

I just can't believe they replaced my Discovery Health channel with this shat! I'm not checking for this OWN crap. Its just a channel for post menopausal women! What I'am I supposed to do with out my show "Untold stories of the ER" ??? This can't be life! Ugh my hemorroids flare up just thinking about all of this..I need to take a nap!
AbrevaLover's picture

its still on. just on another

its still on. just on another network. look for it..
Anonymous's picture

She needs to include more

She needs to include more educational shows in her lineup like some of the previous shows that were featured on discovery health channel.
Anonymous's picture

Obama won't have my vote this

Obama won't have my vote this time. It was a slap in the face how he froze federal employees salaries for two years when we make far less than the private sector. If he really wanted to freeze federal pay then why not freeze it for all of these senior employees that are making $200,000 plus, which doesn't count the annual bonuses most of them get between $20,000 - $40,000. Gas and food are all going up and he freezes our pay and it isn't cheap to live in the DC area. I didn't get a memo on the health care costs being froze either. So sad that you just couldn't stand your ground and agreed with the Republicans.
Anonymous's picture

CORRECTION: The salaries of

CORRECTION: The salaries of the SES has been frozen. The White House issued an executive memorandum dated 12/22/2010. I'm a federal employee in the DC area ahd the freeze affects all federal employee's (even White House staffers)...except postal service employees and the military. SES employee's also had to forgo their bonuses this year (this is fact NOT a rumor). The only people the freeze is not affecting is members of Congress and that is because they are NOT federal employees, even though the freeze should affect them too. Look at it this way...it could be worse furloughs and RIFs. Let's be real the republicans were going for the jugular they wanted to freeze career ladder promotions AND with-in-grade increases. Ronald Regan tried it years ago and it didn't work. So cut the man some slack. The deficit is out of control and spending is out of control...I'd rather face a pay cut than to not have a job at all. And as some in federal HR...let me just say that any and everybody wants a federal job right about now. Yeah we make far less than the private sector, but we have a very, very generous benefits package.
Anonymous's picture

He should have only frozen

He should have only frozen SES salaries. I have seen some SES' that make close to $300,000! SES still were able to get their annual bonuses and I know that for a fact because I processed a ton of them the other week. Hiring bonuses were frozen.
Anonymous's picture

Why should he have only

Why should he have only frozen SES salaries? SES'ers do not make up the entire federal workforce. Yes, some SES'ers make close to $300,00...it still doesn't come close to what an SES equivalent makes in the private sector. Let's be clear...the administration and OPM recommended that SES employee's not receive their bonuses this year in light of freezing federal salaries. My agency froze SES bonuses in order to stay in line with the administration's recommendation. No if your agency decided to process SES bonuses that is at their discretion. And for the record the language that is included in the 12/30/10 Executive Memo state that exclusions to the pay freeze include: * performance awards/bonues, relocation and retention allowances and premium (overtime pay) * promotion, within-grade-increase and quality step increases * adjustments in foreign areas * and pay setting flexibilities. Freezing the salaries of a relatively small group of employees is not going save much...therefore it is an across the board pay freeze with the exception of the Postal Service and military employees. While the DC area has the largest group of federal employee's...there are federal employees working across the U.S. and in other foreign countries...and they are affected by the pay freeze as well. I see the pay freeze as a compromise...because let's be clear the Republicans were looking to not only freeze salaries - but freezing career ladder promotion and with-in-grade increases (which is wrong). Also the Republicans were looking at furloughing federal employees on federal holidays. And let's not forget that the entire federal government has not had their 2011 budgets approved by Congress...we are on a C.R. (continuing resolution) until March 2011. And if Congress does not agree on federal budgets the ENTIRE federal government could be shut down/furloughed (that means NO PAYCHECK). This is FACT...it happened back in 1997 when federal employees were furloughed for at least 5 days. Fact is Congress and the President have to work hand in hand...President Obama inherited the deficit from former President George Bush and there is no way he was going to make it disappear overnight. Both sides (Democrats and the Republicans) owe it to the country to work together. But it appears that with Republicans having taken control...they're coming in ready to change everything that President Obama has put into place.
Anonymous's picture

wow. i really thought he was

wow. i really thought he was doing freezes on congresses pay..thats who NEEDS a pay freeze right now. costs are steadily increasing and as much as i like Obama as a person...im not impressed with his presidency. in fact, i feel like its been the time of "compromise" and not "change" as we expected. blame the economy..whatever but congress & the president have supreme power to put a dent in alot of our issues and they took the safe-so-i-can-get-reelected route instead of standing up for us! instead of radical universal health we got "reform" which really only benefits those who want universal medicaid...what a joke...
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Technically members of

Technically members of Congress are not federal employees...but I agree that their salaries should be frozen as well. When President Obama entered office he froze the salary of White House staffers...now he's freezing the salary of federal employee's, so members of Congress should fall in line and have their salaries frozen as well.
Anonymous's picture

No, the pay freeze was not

No, the pay freeze was not for Congress but regular civilian employees. I agree with all that you stated. Too much compromise is being done for the sake of getting a reelection. I honestly believed that he would stick to his campaign promises and stop all of the breaks for the wealthy but it has been the complete opposite.
Anonymous's picture

I am not Pro Black, Pro

I am not Pro Black, Pro republican or any other party. What I am is PRO getting the Country (USA) back on its feet. We are so deep in a hole from past administrations so if it means a cut here and there SO BE IT. MAN UP, there is more to come! If you think the republicans would have done a better job you are really NOT a smart person!!! Real talk!!
Anonymous's picture

I am not PRO for any party

I am not PRO for any party but wrong is wrong. He was the main one that said all of this mess about how he wanted to help the middle class and cut back on advantages for the wealthy. Yes, the economy has suffered, but what good is it to knock one more person's pay that isn't make over $100,000 to begin with as others are? The economy will get worse. Everything is going up and we have been denied our cost of living increase. So what does common sense tell you about that? It means people are going to pay what they can according to priority and the economy will still suffer! I'm still waiting on my bail out!!
Anonymous's picture

While you are gainfully

While you are gainfully employed...there a millions of people out there that have be unemployed for the past 2 years. Be happy that you have a job.
Anonymous's picture

I haven't gotten a raise in 2

I haven't gotten a raise in 2 years, public sector, largest comp manufacturer in the world, but I guess that is Obama's fault as well? The way I look at it, at least I (and YOU) still have a job!
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