BET Co-Founder Sheila Johnson Wants More From Oprah’s OWN Network

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namcgloster / January 10, 2011

BET co-founder Sheila Johnson is not very impressed with Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. While chatting with Michel Martin of NPR’s “Tell Me More” program, she expressed the lady billionaire’s lack of using diverse ideas and missed opportunites to create platforms for minorities. YBF quotes Johnson saying this:

“The only advice that I say, let’s open up your circle a little bit more. You know, we love the Dr. Phils. We love the Suze Ormans. Let’s open up. There are other people. And there’s also African-American experts out there that I think she should start bringing on her show that can reach even a wider audience...”

“And I think she really should do that and not be afraid to do it. There’s really a lot of great experts out there that really know the businesses at hand. And I’d like to see her open up her circle to do that.”

Many critics gripe about Oprah’s unwilligness to shed more light on minority businesses and ventures. What do you think?