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AOL may float cable stake

Top executives at AOL Time Warner are considering spinning off a stake in its cable division to the public in what could be a $45 billion entity, according to a report.

AOL Time Warner is considering spinning off a minority stake in its cable division to the public, according to a report Friday.

Top executives at the media giant are talking about a move that could create a $45 billion entity, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Such a move would also give AOL a way to pay off AT&T for its 25.5 percent stake in Time Warner Entertainment, a cable and content partnership between the two companies, the report said.

AOL executives could not immediately be reached for comment.

AT&T has been trying to sell its stake in Time Warner Entertainment for about two years, but the companies haven't been able to settle on a price. AT&T broached the idea of selling off part of the cable division, Time Warner Cable, to the public last year.

New York-based AOL on Wednesday reported a loss of $54.2 billion for the first quarter, due largely to an accounting change that forced the company to write off much of the value of the AOL-Time Warner merger. AOL recorded revenue of $9.8 billion, up 4 percent from a year ago.