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Case Praises Turner, Says Hell Keep Busy

Atlanta-America Online Inc. chairman Steve Case said last week that Time Warner Inc. vice chairman Ted Turner will be freed up to "think strategically" about where the company is going, even though he won't be involved in day-to-day operations.

"Ted's going to have a much bigger canvas," Case said at Cable News Network's "World Report Conference" last Thursday. "He's going to be involved in every aspect of this total company, not just the things related to CNN and Turner."

Late last month, published reports said Turner was unhappy with the proposed AOL-Time Warner merger because it would strip him of all operational control, which would go to AOL president Bob Pittman.