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It's hard to imagine how Winfrey will find the time to work on the network, in addition to movie producing, her daily talk show, the magazine and everything else under her watch. She acknowledged it will take more time in the beginning to properly launch the network. "When the magazine, started I was giving about five to six hours of my day to the magazine," she said. "And when we found the right leadership," including having her best friend Gayle King leave her job in television for the magazine, "that was helpful."
And while a chief executive officer has not been named for OWN, it would be no surprise if O, The Oprah Magazine editor at large King eventually becomes involved in the new network. After all, she has a background in TV as an anchor and briefly hosted a daytime talk show. She also grew up in Bethesda, Md., just a few miles from Silver Spring, the headquarters of Discovery Communications, which has a 50 percent stake in OWN. — Amy Wicks and S.D.S.