Oprah Winfrey sells most of OWN stake to Discovery for $36 million

Oprah Winfrey sold most of her stake in the OWN cable channel to its majority owner, Discovery, for more than $36 million in stock.

Winfrey’s company, Harpo, filed to sell half of the 1.34 million shares received in the transaction, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday.

It got off to a rough start, however, and initially wrung up losses. Since then, it has focused more specifically on African-American women, including shows produced by comic actor and producer Tyler Perry.

The OWN content is expected to be part of a new streaming service, Discovery+, which is launching next month.

Winfrey had an agreement with Discovery where she could require the company to purchase part of her interest beginning in 2016. In 2017, Discovery purchased a 25 per cent stake from Winfrey for $70 million. The latest deal suggests the value of the business has declined as smaller cable networks struggle to compete in a streaming world. Business Standard News

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