3Qs: Queen of Daytime TV relinquishes throne — for now

After dom­i­nating day­time tele­vi­sion for 25 years, Oprah’s beloved talk show ends today, allowing her to focus on her new cable channel, OWN. For years, she rec­om­mended books and prod­ucts, gave away gifts, trips and cars, and con­nected with audi­ences and home viewers in a uniquely per­sonal way. Here, Bill Lan­caster, a lec­turer in com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies and 20-​​year vet­eran of tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion, dis­cusses how Oprah defined the day­time slot and affected her viewers.