Time Warner Inc.
• Time Warner, a top 50 Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest media corporations in the world, with subsidiaries working in every medium from books and magazines to cable television and film.
• Concerns have been raised about Time Warner's role in media consolidation and its impact on public access to diverse information and the survival of independent media sources.
• Time Warner's operations in mass media and merchandising have led to a range of complaints about the company's practices, including labor convictions in overseas factories supplying clothing and toys for Time Warner.
• Time Warner, Inc. has been accused of financial fraud, media consolidation, and excessive executive pay.
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-- Profile Updated 03/09/2011
About Time Warner Inc.
Time Warner (formerly AOL Time Warner) is one of the largest media corporations in the world, with subsidiaries working in every medium from books and magazines to cable television and film. Popular TV channels such as CNN and HBO; magazines such as Time and People; and production companies such as New Line Cinema are all owned by Time Warner. With the acquisition of AOL, the company secured its share of the internet market as well. In 2009, Time Warner enjoyed sales of over $25.785 billion and a workforce of 31,000.
Stop Big Media
The non-profit, non-partisan group FreePress sponsors various public campaigns to fight concentrated big media ownership. Time Warner is second only to General Electric in terms of revenue and scope of its media operations and ownership. Free Press asks citizens to take action against a complete media takeover by giants Time Warner, GE, Vivendi Universal, Viacom and Disney by opposing the FCC’s lax enforcement of media ownership rules.
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Time Warner Cable increased its rates without any real reason. The Communications Workers of America Union claims that the company is putting more money into executives pockets and leaving lower level employees with nothing. In 2008 there were 35 employees without a pension plan.
Timer Warner Cable says they are increasing their rates due to higher demand for premium packages and the rising cost of fuel. They also claim that the reason why the CWA is protesting is because the President of the union is an employee of Verizon, which is a rival of Time Warner Cable.
-- NBC-WKTV, 03/21/2008
Source URL: http://www.wktv.com/news/local/17155736.html
Over 1,000 workers rioted in protest of the poor working conditions at the Merton factory in Guangdong province. According to China Labor Watch (CLW) dozens were injured. In their investigation at the Merton Company, CLW found that Merton factory failed to uphold international labor standards. Violations of worker rights included the following:
- Salaries fell below the legal minimum, ranging between 600 and 800 yuan (or US$75.60 and US$100.80) a month
- Routine workdays of 11 hours, 6 days a week
- Monthly overtime hours of 70 per month with the threat of salary deductions if employees refused to work overtime. Chinese law states the legal maximum is 36 hours of monthly overtime
- Denial of overtime pay
- Denial of paid national holidays, vacation, or sick leave
- Failure by Merton to provide adequate medical insurance or pension funds
Li Qiang, CLW’s executive director, remarked, “Chinese workers live at the bottom of the society. They have no means to voice their needs or to protect their lawful rights…. Tragedies such as the Merton riot were a result of the misguided social policy that overemphasizes economic growth and neglects labor rights.” Merton manufactures for companies such as McDonald’s, Disney, Time Warner, and Mattel.
-- China Labor Watch, 07/27/2006
In October of 2005, LabourStart, an international network of unions, and No Sweat exposed Time Warner’s exploitation of child labor in Mexico. Children aged 13 and up were hired by Rubies in Mexico, a subcontractor producing Halloween costumes for Warner Brothers. These children and other workers were locked out of the factory for protesting labor abuses, particularly violations of Mexican child labor and safety regulations. LabourStart ran a campaign encouraging consumers to contact Time Warner executives and demand improved labor standards before continuing business with Rubies.
-- Labour Start, 07/01/2006
Warner Bros controls a number of popular toy and cartoon characters including Harry Potter, Batman, Bugs Bunny, and Scooby-Doo. The company makes clothing, toys, games, jewelry and housewares bearing the images of these characters. Shareholders are calling on Time Warner to develop a code of conduct and to supply information to shareholders and the public about monitoring in their supply chain. To date, there is no evidence in the public domain that Time Warner audits its supply chain.
-- Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, 01/01/2006
Source URL: www.iccr.org
Time Warner was the target of a campaign spearheaded by the National Writers Union, focused on ending Time Warner’s manipulation of free-lance journalists. The Stop AOL Time Warner Campaign sought to educate journalists and the public on the exploitative nature of “work-for-hire” contracts, which strip journalists of all rights to their work while simultaneously leaving them open to any liability. Time Warner is accused of pressuring free-lance journalists to sign such agreements or lose employment.
-- National Writers Union, 10/30/2001
Ethics and Governance
Time Warner subsidiary news station NY1 has come under fire for refusing to arrange a debate between Senator Hillary Clinton and Democratic challenger Jonathan Tasini during the New York Senate race in 2006. The station rejected a debate on the grounds that Tasini has not spent enough money on the race. In order to appear on the station, NY1 requires that candidates poll at least 5 percent and have spent or raised $500,000. Tasini was polling at 13 percent but his campaign had only raised $150,000. Democracy Now! invited NY1 to respond to this criticism but the station declined. Edward Pachetti, public relations manager for NY1, sent the following statement to Democracy Now! outlining their position:
“NY1 News is producing the most ambitious series of political debates and town hall meetings this election season. As part of the staging of these events, NY1 established criteria to identify which candidates would be invited to participate in these events. The criteria are that a candidate must poll at least five percent (including margin of error) in a recognized independent poll and would need to have spent and/or raised $500,000. All candidates who have met these criteria have been invited to participate.”
-- Democracy Now!, 08/09/2006
Source URL: www.democracynow.org
From 1989 to May 2006, Time Warner gave $15.834 million in campaign contributions. In the 2004 election cycle, Time Warner gave a total of $2.912 million; 76 percent of which went to Democratic candidates. The media giant is particularly concerned with the rules governing television ownership and has interests in relaxing government regulation prohibiting cable television stations from owning broadcast stations in the same market.
-- Center for Responsive Politics, 05/29/2006
NOW Magazine (UK), owned by Time Warner, is among the publications targeted by Survival's Stamp it Out campaign. Survival is working to "challenge racist descriptions of tribal people in the media" and to end the use of such discriminatory terms as "primitive" and "stone age," which the group argues has contributed to the persecution and forced development of tribal peoples.
-- Survival, 02/17/2006
Source URL: www.survival-international.org/stampitout.php
Time Warner was thrown out of the socially responsible investment index FTSE4Good in 2004 for failing to meet the inclusion criteria pertaining to human rights.
-- CSRwire, 09/30/2004
Source URL: none available
In 2006 Time Warner had no code of conduct in regards to how the companies that have license to produce their products must conduct themselves.
As You Sow approached Time Warner in 2006 and received a strong vote of confidence from the shareholders saying that they would like to implement a code of conduct. It was one of the top 25 social issue votes in 2006.
Since the company is so large it will most likely take years to implement the plan, but As You Sow is monitoring Time Warner's progress and is impressed at the steps taken so far.
-- As You Sow, 06/28/1905
Ethics and Governance
The Los Angeles city attorney's office sued Time Warner Cable Inc. because of claims that it caused "major havoc and distress" when it became the #1 provider for television in Southern California back in 2004.
The city claimed that Time Warner used false advertising and that it charged customers more than expected. The main concern in the case is failure to live up to customer service agreements.
-- Los Angeles Times, 06/05/2008
Health and Safety
A new government-funded study has revealed that radiation after just 50 minutes on a mobile phone increases in the activity in brain cells, yet the effects of this increased brain activity are not known. The brain normally produces the amount of glucose it needs to function normally and brain activity means that cells are using glucose to create energy, but this study doesn’t tell us if this artificial brain activity, triggered by cell phone radiation, will have a negative health effect. Current research has not proved a clear link between cell phone use and damages to health but scientists admit much more research needs to be done; other areas to be studied include the effect of increased brain activity in children since a child’s skull is thinner, allowing radiation to penetrate deeper than an adult. Although there is no conclusive evidence on the very effects of cell phone radiation on the brain, it is clear that the human brain is sensitive to the radiation and that consumers should try to limit their exposure by using the speakerphone or a wired earpiece.
-- CNN, 02/22/2011