(New Orleans) NCTA is in the early stages of planning a battle of the bands fundraiser that will allow cable to “give back” to New Orleans, show chief Barbara York said Wed. Instead of paying a professional entertainer, the Cable Show’s closing night party would feature cable industry musical talent, NCTA’s Mark Bell said. The idea is in the “very early stages,” Bell and York said. — NCTA also is urging cable companies to give back in other ways like teching up schools, painting buildings or building playgrounds, York said. There’s also the possibility of a book drive. Companies are being urged to come up with their own ideas, too. For example, The Sportsman Channel has volunteered to support a local soup kitchen with excess meat donated by hunters, York said.

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MobiTV Layoffs

Last week, ahead of its voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, MobiTV laid off an unspecified number of employees. The pink slips follow another round of layoffs over the summer. MobiTV confirmed the latest

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