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Oprah Winfrey to appear on OWN cable channel

8 April 10 16:53 GMT

Talk show star Oprah Winfrey is to host a night-time programme on the cable TV channel she is launching in January.

The hour-long show, titled Oprah's Next Chapter, will take the 56-year-old out of her usual studio "for conversations and travel around the world".

The show will premiere on OWN - The Oprah Winfrey Network - late next year.

Last year, a tearful Winfrey announced her weekday talk show - syndicated in 145 countries - would end in September 2011 after 25 years on air.

OWN, a joint venture between Winfrey's Harpo Inc and Discovery Communications, will take the place of the Discovery Health Channel and launches on 1 January.

Reality show

The TV superstar said she wanted to "create a network that inspires our viewers and makes them want to be who they are on their best day."

According to OWN, Oprah's Next Chapter would be "a whole new kind of Oprah show" that would take her "from the Taj Mahal [to] the Great Wall [of China]."

It is one of a series of new programmes announced by the network, which will be available in around 80 million homes in the US.

Others projects include a talent search "to discover the next big TV personality", a reality show starring country singer Shania Twain and a series of profiles of creative "visionaries".

Avatar director James Cameron, pop singer Lady Gaga and photographer Annie Leibovitz are among those already lined up to participate.

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