New Channel To Feature Diverse Daily Programming From Popular “Oprah” Personalities As Well As Original Weekly Reality Radio Program With Oprah Winfrey And Gayle King
Harpo Radio, Inc. and XM Satellite Radio, the nation’s leading satellite radio company with more than 6 million subscribers, today announced an exclusive, three-year agreement to launch “Oprah & Friends,” a satellite radio channel on XM. “Oprah & Friends” will debut in September 2006 and will feature a broad range of original programming from Harpo Radio, Inc., including regular segments hosted by popular personalities from “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and O, The Oprah Magazine and an exclusive original weekly reality radio show with Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King. The channel will be broadcast from a new state-of-the-art XM studio at Harpo Studios in Chicago.
The “Oprah & Friends” channel will feature original daily programming on a variety of topics including nutrition, fitness, health, self improvement, home, and current events from popular “Oprah” personalities, including Bob Greene, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Robin Smith, Marianne Williamson, Nate Berkus, and Gayle King.
“Together with my friends, we look forward to creating programming that will entertain, inform and inspire our listening audience on XM,” said Oprah Winfrey.
“Oprah Winfrey is a prolific force in our culture whose unprecedented achievements in television, film, publishing and philanthropy will bring an amazing radio experience to the XM nation of subscribers. We are proud to welcome Oprah and her talented team to the XM family,” said Hugh Panero, President and Chief Executive Officer, XM Satellite Radio. “‘Oprah & Friends’ is a testament to XM’s unwavering commitment to provide our diverse subscriber base with the kind of smart, high-quality programming that makes a difference in their lives.”
“Today’s announcement with XM marks an exciting new chapter in the evolution of Harpo’s media portfolio,” said Tim Bennett, President, Harpo Productions, Inc. “‘Oprah & Friends’ will not only complement our existing television, print, film, cable and online properties but will provide new opportunities to extend our brand to XM’s millions of listeners.”
Harpo Productions, Inc. produces the number one rated, award-winning “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” creates and develops original TV programming, and operates Oprah.com, a premier women’s lifestyle website. Harpo Print, LLC and Hearst Magazines publish the monthly O, The Oprah Magazine and quarterly O at Home publications. Harpo Films, Inc. produces feature films as well as top-rated telefilms under the “Oprah Winfrey Presents” banner. Harpo, Inc. produces the original cable series “Oprah After the Show,” which airs on the Oxygen Network. Harpo Radio, Inc. will produce the content for “Oprah & Friends” on XM Satellite Radio, which will debut in September 2006.
About XM Satellite Radio
XM (NASDAQ: XMSR) is America’s number one satellite radio company with more than 6 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Toronto and Montreal, XM’s 2006 lineup includes 160 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: the most commercial-free music, premier sports, talk, comedy, children’s and entertainment programming; and the most advanced traffic and weather information.
XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen/Audi, is available in more than 130 different vehicle models for 2006. XM’s industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit http://www.xmradio.com.