AOL is reportedly laying off ~3% of Patch's 1,400-strong staff and (per a company memo) is...

|About: AOL Inc. (AOL)|By:, SA News Editor
AOL is reportedly laying off ~3% of Patch's 1,400-strong staff and (per a company memo) is giving the oft-criticized local news unit a new CEO. Patch COO Steve Kalin is the division's new chief; current CEO Jon Brody will return to AOL Ventures. AOL asserts the changes are aimed at improving content quality/engagement and allowing Patch to make good on promises it will be profitable by year's end. comScore estimates Patch, bogged by questions over how well a business focused on "hyper-local" content can scale, saw traffic rise 26% Y/Y in April to 13M monthly uniques.