An end may be in sight for US media giant Time Warner's spot of bother with the Securities and Exchange Commission over its merger with internet provider AOL.

A figure of $750 million (€573m, £400m) has been bandied about as the fine Time Warner could pay to settle the long-running probe into possible accounting irregularities at AOL at the time of the $100 billion deal four years ago.

However, no one is prepared to comment yet.

A conclusion of the affair would offer Time Warner the chance to pursue its joint venture with cable TV rival Comcast in the purchase of troubled Adelphia Communications [WAMN: 27-Oct-2004]

In order to bid up to $17bn for the bankrupt cable TV operator with its 5.4 million subscribers, Time Warner will need to settle with the SEC before it can offer any stock to raise cash.

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