CNN cuts 50 positions; Charter withdraws TWC board nominees

More cable industry news from around the Web:

> CNN cut about 50 positions, including 28 from CNN Digital and CNN Money as part of an ongoing restructuring. Story

> Rovi has given Arris a license for its intellectual property across set-top boxes and on second screens as part of a new multiyear, global patent license deal. Story

> Charter Communications withdrew its slate of nominees to Time Warner Cable's board as part of a deal with Comcast to swap customers if and when Comcast acquires TWC for $45.2 billion. Story

> Chicopee, Mass. is conducting a survey to review the performance of current cable TV operator, Charter Communications whose current license expires on Nov. 30. Story

> BT will continue offering BT Sport, which is now in five million homes after just nine months of service, for free to new and re-contracting BT Broadband customers. Story

> NUVOtv English-language Latino entertainment network NUVOtv has begun to launch on CenturyLink Prism IPTV. Story

> Türk Telekom's Tivibu IPTV, Web TV, mobile TV and smart TV service saw its subscriber base grow by 54.1%, ending the first quarter with 1.9 million subs. Story

> Indian service provider Hathway launched H-tube, a service through which customers can upload videos and have them telecast to Hathway subscribers on their Hathway digital cable TV connection. Story

Telecom News

> HickoryTech reported that its fiber and data segment was once again the shining star, with revenues rising 6 percent year-over-year to $17.7 million due to an increase in high capacity fiber and data sales to both retail businesses and wholesale carrier customers. Full article

Wireless News

> U.S. Cellular in the first quarter continued to lose postpaid customers, but the carrier insisted that it is making progress in reducing churn and getting over the billing system errors that plagued it during the second half of 2013. Full article

And finally … Brazil's Algar Telecom is using SeaChange's multiscreen service to merge hybrid TV entertainment with personalized content, social recommendations, social logins and single-sign on capabilities. Story