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Time Warner Offering Buyouts to Turner Employees to Cut Costs

Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 10:45 AM

Time Warner Inc., which recently fended off a $75 billion takeover bid from 21st Century Fox Inc., is offering buyouts to older employees at its Turner cable networks.

Turner, which includes the CNN, TNT, TBS and HLN cable channels, is offering voluntary buyouts to U.S. employees age 55 and older who have been working at the company for at least 10 years, according to an internal memo Tuesday. The company said it will also cut additional jobs.

Turner is focusing on trimming expenses as Time Warner Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bewkes aims to prove to shareholders that his growth plan will create more value than Rupert Murdoch’s withdrawn acquisition offer. The company is trying to increase the fees collected from pay-TV distributors by 10 percent annually, even as ratings have slumped. The Turner unit also includes truTV, Turner Classic Movies and Cartoon Network.

“To support the company’s stated focus on programming, monetization and innovation, we are identifying cost savings and shifting capital allocations to high-growth areas where investment will drive growth and profitability,” the company said in the memo.

CNN, which is owned by Time Warner, reported that the buyouts are being extended to 6 percent of Turner’s U.S.-based employees, or about 600 workers.

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