Mediaweek on Oprah’s heir — Bets are quietly being placed on contenders to fill Oprah’s shoes and time slots when she leaves daytime in 2011

Easily the biggest news this season is Oprah’s announcement that she will officially step down from her syndicated chatfest after what will be 25 years on Sept. 9, 2011 to concentrate on her upcoming cable network OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, a joint venture with Discovery Communications. While the “Queen” of daytime’s actual involvement at OWN remains uncertain (Oprah claims she will not do another talker), much clearer is the opportunity created now for all other syndicators. It also was the right time for her to step away.

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