06 May 2011

Christina Norman out as CEO of OWN

For those scoring at home Christina Norman started as CEO of the Oprah Winfrey Network on February 17, 2009 and appears to have been fired today. The channel launched (on the carriage of Discovery Health) on January 1, 2011.  That's a pretty short leash if the reason for her dismissal is poor ratings, as has been reported. The dirty little secret of cable programming is that the ratings of all new networks generally stink, unless they primarily launch with reruns (e.g., Cartoon Network, TV Land). Norman had worked at MTV Networks for nearly two decades prior to OWN, including time as the head of each of VH1 and MTV. Oprah's network dismissed its first CEO, Robin Schwartz prior to hiring Norman.

Christina Norman Out... (paidcontent)

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