In a recent interview with NPR, BET’s co-founder,Sheila Johnson,was asked what advice would she give Oprah Winfrey in regards to her new OWN network. Sheila says OWN needs more Black people:
But how would you recommend that she grow her business? I think, first of all, Oprah really needs to stick to what she really believes in doing. She should never go off that path. And I think a few times she has done that, and it’s cost her her ratings. The only advice that I say, let’s open up your circle a little bit more. You know, we love the Dr. Phils. We love the Suze Ormans. Let’s open up. There are other people. And there’s also African-American experts out there that I think she should start bringing on her show that can reach even a wider audience.
And it’s true that there doesn’t appear to be a great deal of ethnic diversity in her programming at this point, which is puzzling to some people. No. Yes. And I think she really should do that and not be afraid to do it. There’s really a lot of great experts out there that really know the businesses at hand. And I’d like to see her open up her circle to do that.
Listen to the interview below:
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