Oprah stations will be getting 45 more episodes of the No. 1-rated talk show than their new contracts call for.
The largesse was triggered when Oprah's studio was being converted
to digital in August 2000 and the production of 10 episodes was pushed to
The additional production got King World Productions CEO Roger King thinking about giving
his clients a little something extra, he said.
Some stations had been upset that they were going to receive only 26 weeks of
original production per season, compared with the industry standard of 35.
King decided to give them another three weeks of originals, and Winfrey
And she is taking it out of her own pocket.
"Oprah came to their aid," he said, not changing anything in her current deal
with King World, which she renegotiated last fall amid station worries that she
might end the show.