Will demoting RIM’s CEOs save the handset maker?

After the year RIM has had, it appears co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie may be losing their co-chairmen titles, according to a report in the Financial Post. But will such a move be enough to right RIM’s ship?

Today in Mobile

Research In Motion this morning finally unveiled its next-generation mobile operating system, dubbed BBX. Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said the platform combines the best elements of the aging BlackBerry OS with QNX, which powers the PlayBook. BBX likely has the technical muscle to compete with iOS and Android, and as long as RIM executes (which is never certain) it should have strong appeal to RIM’s existing customer base. That base is winnowing by the day, though, as is RIM’s developer community. So RIM must bring BBX to market quickly and flawlessly if it is to continue to be a major player.

Updated: RIM stares into abyss as BlackBerry blackout spreads

What started as a brief message interruption for BlackBerry users in Europe has now become a worldwide problem that has left millions of people unable to get service — and highlights the leadership problems at the top of Research in Motion.