This might not mean much to you, but in the large scheme of things, it equals a lot of DRAMA for Oprah Winfrey.
Five months into the network's launch, the Big O's network, OWN, is facing another setback as CEO Christine Norman has decided to step down and will be replaced by Peter Liguori.
The official release insists that the change "reflects a transition from a launch phase to a more long-term focus on business and creative strategy," but we have our doubts that this was really something the network wanted. However, Oprah came to the rescue with her own statement, hoping calm those who think the network is doomed before it even had begun. She explains:
“I want to thank Christina for her important accomplishments, incredible passion and many sacrifices in helping to launch the network.With the final taping of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" only a few weeks away, I will soon be able to devote my full energies to OWN. This is a natural point of transition, and I am confident that Peter, as an integral part of the launch of OWN, will be a terrific partner for me going forward. He is one of the smartest, most creative executives in media, and I look forward to his leadership as we build our development slate and work toward the launch of OPRAH’S NEXT CHAPTER. Over the remainder of the year, Peter and I will work together to recruit a permanent CEO for OWN's next phase of growth."
Oh yeah - poor Peter doesn't even get the job! He just gets to play "Interim Chief Executive Officer" until they find someone else. So, you guys didn't really plan very well for this "transition" did you?