03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Lisa Erspamer Joins Oprah Winfrey Network As Chief Creative Officer

The highly anticipated but delayed cable channel OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network will soon have a new chief creative officer -- Lisa Erspamer. But unlike those who have gone before her, this executive has something that others at OWN have lacked: experience working with Winfrey....

The move appears to signal that Winfrey might be close to announcing an official end date for her syndicated talk show that runs on ABC. Winfrey is under contract to produce the show through May 2011, which will be at the completion of her 25th season. She has not said whether she will extend her run beyond that.

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