The Wall Street Journal: CBS paid over $7 million for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle interview with Oprah

Talk isn’t cheap when it comes to Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle.

CBS is paying a license fee of between $7 million and $9 million for the rights to air Winfrey’s interview with Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, according to people familiar with the pact.

The two-hour interview is scheduled for Sunday on CBS at 8 p.m. ET, after the network’s popular news magazine “60 Minutes.” Sunday is one of the biggest nights of television consumption.

As part of the agreement between CBS and Winfrey’s production company, Harpo Productions, the network also has rights to license the special in international markets. In the U.K., the interview will air Monday on ITV. CBS is a unit of ViacomCBS Inc.
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A spokeswoman for the couple said they are not being compensated for the interview.

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

 
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