Winfrey: OWN an incredible journey
Oprah Winfrey has admitted she had no idea how tough it would be to build her own television network.
The US TV star launched the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in 2011 after calling time on her massively popular talk show but it got off to a rocky start.
However, OWN's fortunes have now turned around and it is in the black for the first time, with more than 30 new advertisers joining the original sponsors and a big rise in viewership.
Oprah said said: "I didn't know how difficult it would be and how long it would take me to get to the point where I could at least see that this is the reason I did this.
"I can actually say wow, what an incredible journey and landing I had."
Oprah said the word for her experience with the network is "rewarding".
She went on: "I no longer have such fear and anxiety about it. I really have more confidence in my decisions.
"In the beginning, I was in a lot of meetings where people said, 'You don't understand cable.' ... I'd say, 'But I do understand the audience. Aren't people the same?'"