November 20, 2009 |
AOL said Thursday that it planned to reduce its workforce by a third over the next several months. The New York company, which employs about 6,900 people, is hoping to get as many as 2,500 workers to participate in a "voluntary layoff" program in early December. For the time being, AOL is part of Time Warner, though the media giant is scheduled to spin off the former dial-up Internet powerhouse into a separate company Dec. 9. Chief Executive Tim Armstrong announced the latest round of restructuring Thursday morning.
May 29, 2009 |
Citing irreconcilable differences, Time Warner Inc. said it was legally separating from its much younger spouse, America Online. The marriage, which was announced to great fanfare in January 2000, had been on the rocks practically from Day One -- doomed from the get-go by lofty expectations of a new power couple that could dominate the media landscape for generations to come.
April 30, 2009 |
In 2000, America Online Inc. used its soaring stock price to gobble up Time Warner Inc. and create the world's largest media conglomerate. Nearly a decade later, it's Time Warner that's spitting out AOL. Time Warner said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that it intended to spin off the struggling Internet property, whose advertising revenue plunged 20% in the first quarter. AOL's decline contributed to falling sales and profit at Time Warner.
March 13, 2009 |
A high-ranking but relatively unknown Google Inc. executive will take the helm of AOL from television-industry veteran Randy Falco, Time Warner Inc. said Thursday. Tim Armstrong, formerly head of Google's North American and Latin American advertising sales and operations, will take over as chief executive of Time Warner Inc.'s struggling Internet unit. "Tim is the right executive to move AOL into the next phase of its evolution," Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes said in a statement.
November 8, 2007 |
Harry Potter worked his magic, but continuing struggles at AOL cast a pall over Time Warner Inc.'s third-quarter financial results. The world's largest media company's movie division was one of the bright spots in Wednesday's quarterly report. Revenue there jumped 33%, boosted by the strong box-office performance of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." Still, the AOL slowdown remains a big headache for President Jeffrey L. Bewkes, who inherits the chief executive job Jan.
October 16, 2007 |
Struggling Internet service AOL said Monday it would pare costs by cutting 2,000 jobs, or one-fifth of its global workforce, as part of its painful transition from a subscriber-based business to an online advertising forum. Job cuts will come in all parts of the company, a unit of Time Warner Inc., but one of the areas expected to be most affected is the Internet-access business that used to be AOL's core.