It looks as if AOL has started letting its freelancers go. A tipster forwarded us this notice, sent out this morning:
Hi there –
Thank you very much for your contributions to AOL. As we have discussed on calls and in emails, going forward our editorial direction is to build a great team of full-time editors, writers, and reporters. To that end, we are reducing the scope of AOL’s freelancer program.
Per the terms of your agreement with AOL, this note confirms the end of your engagement for content services effective Wednesday, April 6, 2011. Rest assured, you will be paid for your content and services through this date, disbursed to you per AOL’s regular payment schedule in late May.
We greatly appreciate your contributions and are available to answer any questions you may have.
If you’re a freelancer who also got cut, let us know. More details as we get them.