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TV mogul Michael King dies at 67

Published 28/05/2015

Oprah Winfrey was one of the stars who got a helping hand from Michael King
Oprah Winfrey was one of the stars who got a helping hand from Michael King

Michael King, an innovative TV figure who helped make stars of Oprah Winfrey, Dr Phil McGraw and Rachael Ray, has died.

A family member confirms Mr King died in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia. He was 67.

With his brother Roger, Michael King inherited King World Productions in 1972 from their father.

Under their management, the company rose to be the industry's leading distributor of first-run, syndicated programming, bringing such shows to TV as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr Phil and revived versions of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.

King World also launched the long-running syndicated news magazine Inside Edition.

Roger King died in 2007 aged 63.

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