NEW YORK — Talk about advance planning: King World’s “The Oprah Winfrey Show” has racked up clearances in 75% of the U.S. for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.
On May 19, Oprah announced she had set aside her plans to quit after the 2005-06 season, signing up for another two years. The bulk of the ABC-owned TV stations quickly signed renewal contracts, led by WABC New York, KABC Los Angeles and WLS Chicago.
The most recent stations to sign up include WXYZ Detroit, WFLA Tampa, WEWS Cleveland, WTHR Indianapolis and WFSB Hartford-New Haven, Conn.
In addition to the ABC O&Os, “Oprah” gets big support from such station groups as Hearst-Argyle, Belo, Cox, Post-Newsweek, Emmis and Viacom.
Winfrey, a billionaire, pockets more money than any other television star, an estimated $150 million a year.