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On This Day: Oprah Winfrey Launched Her OWN Network

Three years ago on January 1, 2011, Oprah launched The Oprah Winfrey Network, building on her success with “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and her reputation as the Queen of Daytime. “I wanted to take the ideals of great television that we’ve established on the ‘Oprah’ show and bring them to you through a variety of new shows 24/7,” she said. “Every minute of this network has been hand-selected by me for you, the viewers.” 

When it launched, the network included couples counseling via “In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman,” and reality series “Your OWN show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star.” Now, it hosts 21 featured shows including Oprah: Where are They Now and Oprah Prime, during which, this year, the media mogul interviewed an emotional Pharrell. 

Back in 2011 when she first previewed OWN, Oprah made her vision clear: "Every day, here's what I'm hoping – that you will find something here to inspire you." Try to tell us Pharrell in tears doesn’t make you want to change the world.

Hear Oprah's story on MAKERS.