Jonathan Miller (businessman)

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Jonathan F. Miller (born 1957)[1] was CEO of Digital Media at News Corp until 2012 and was the chairman and CEO of America Online from 2002 to 2006.[2][3]


From 1987 to 1993, Miller was vice president of programming and NBA Entertainment for the National Basketball Association.[4] From 1993 to 1997, he was Managing Director of Nickelodeon International, (a unit of Viacom’s MTV Networks). In 1997 he joined USA Networks as manager of its local television stations.[5] From 2000 to 2002, Miller ran the Internet operations of Barry Diller's USA Networks, (now IACI and Expedia).[6]

In August 2002, when he was brought into AOL by Richard D. Parsons, he was relatively unknown.[7] Miller pursued a strategy of cutting costs and focusing on improving ad revenues over AOL's then-dominant subscription business.[8] In 2004, Miller oversaw the $435 million acquisition of[9] In 2006, he presided over layoffs of 5,000 people at AOL.[10] He bought Weblogs, Inc., and brought Jason Calacanis to AOL, and later invested in[11] In November 2006, he was replaced by Randy Falco. Miller led the company's change from a subscription-based model to an advertising-supported model.[8][12][13][14]

After his departure from AOL, Time Warner invoked a non-compete clause to prevent him serving on the Yahoo board of directors.[15][16] In 2008, he was looking for funding for a takeover of Yahoo, but was unsuccessful.[17]

In March 2009 Miller joined News Corp as Chief Digital Officer[18] to "oversee the broad strategic digital initiatives."[19] Miller was CEO of Digital Media at News Corp, including Fox Interactive Media and Hulu,[20][21] until his departure in August 2012.[22]


As of 2009, Miller was on the Board of Directors of Clickable, Idearc Media, Mahalo, Kosmix, YP Holdings, LLC and Hanley Wood, LLC. He was an advisor to General Atlantic LLC.[1] In 2012, he served on the boards of TripAdvisor and Shutterstock.[18]


Miller received the first Pioneer Prize in 2006, for his contributions to the field of interactive television at the International Interactive Emmy Awards at Mip TV in Cannes.[23]


  1. ^ a b "Jonathan F. Miller". Forbes Magazine online. Archived from the original on March 4, 2009. 
  2. ^ Sue Chan. "AOL Gets A New Helmsman". CBS News. August 6, 2002. Retrieved on January 29, 2009.
  3. ^ Aherns, Frank (2006-11-18). "Miller's AOL Innovation Speeded His Demise". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
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  5. ^ Hansell, Saul (2002-08-06). "TECHNOLOGY; Executive Of Net and TV Is Named Chief Of AOL Unit". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  6. ^ Aherns, Frank (2006-11-18). "Miller's AOL Innovation Speeded His Demise". The Washington Post. 
  7. ^ Shannon Henry (August 7, 2002). "At AOL, New Boss Largely Unknown; 'Who's Jon Miller?' Employees Ask At Dulles Offices". The Washington Post. 
  8. ^ a b STEPHANIE N. MEHTA (November 14, 2005). "AOL: The Relaunch". FORTUNE Magazine. 
  9. ^ Oser, Kris (2004-06-24). "AOL Acquires for $435 Million". Advertising Age. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  10. ^ Sara Kehaulani Goo (August 4, 2006). "AOL Plans to Cut 5,000 Jobs, Some in Virginia". Washington Post. 
  11. ^ Nicholas Carlson (July 1, 2008). "Jason Calacanis says ex-AOL CEO Jon Miller is the man for you, Yahoos". gawker. 
  12. ^ Frank Ahrens (November 16, 2006). "NBC Veteran To Replace AOL Chief In Shake-Up Miller Out After 4 Years, Switch to Ad-Driven Model". Washington Post. 
  13. ^ Staci D. Kramer (15 Nov 2006). "It's Official: Jon Miller Out, Randy Falco In As Chairman and CEO, AOL". 
  14. ^ "About Jon Miller". Calacanis weblog. Retrieved April 27, 2009. 
  16. ^ Peter Kafka (August 1, 2008). "Time Warner (TWX) Killed Jon Miller/Yahoo (YHOO) Board Deal". Silicon Alley Insider. 
  17. ^ Christine Seib (December 3, 2008). "Former AOL boss Jonathan Miller seeks funds for Yahoo! deal". The Times. 
  18. ^ a b Swisher, Kara (2012-08-23). "Exclusive: Digital Chief Jon Miller Leaving News Corp.". All Things D. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  19. ^ Li, Ken (2009-03-28). "Jonathan Miller to join News Corp". Financial Times. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  20. ^ Michael Arrington (March 27, 2009). "Breaking: Former AOL Chief Jonathan Miller To Become News Corp.'s CEO Digital Media". techcrunch. 
  21. ^ Jeff Clabaugh (April 1, 2009). "Former AOL CEO Jonathan Miller heads to MySpace". Washington Business Journal. 
  22. ^ "News Corporation's Chief Digital Officer Jonathan Miller to Leave Post". News Corporation. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  23. ^ Whitemann, Bobbie (March 28, 2006). "Pioneer plaudit for AOL's Miller.(Jonathan F. Miller of America Online Inc. awarded)". Daily Variety. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 

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Preceded by
Robert W. Pittman
Succeeded by
Randy Falco