CNET Losing CES Best of Show Award Next Year

January 31, 2013 -

Yesterday USA Today published an editorial by CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro, who sharply criticized CBS's interference in the editorial independence of CNET, noting that the technology web site has lost its credibility as a result. The editorial is in response to CBS not allowing CNET to award the Dish Hopper with Sling DVR the "Best of Show" award at CES 2013 because of an ongoing legal battle between the parent company and Dish. Shapiro said that CEA would also be "considering [its] legal options under [its] agreement with CNET."

Today CEA officially ended CNET's role in choosing the Best of Show award at CES, and that it planned to issue a request for proposals from other technology web site partners. CEA senior VP Karen Chupka said that the organization is "concerned [CNET's] new review policy will have a negative impact on our brand should we continue the awards relationship."

But it looks like CBS doesn't care about this decision and has decided that it would not make a play to be in the same positions at next year's CES anyway. The hope is that they can move on from the controversy.

The Verge has a rather lengthy report on the matter here.

Source: The Verge


Re: CNET Losing CES Best of Show Award Next Year

They will bend anything they can to make make the inbred over paid CEOs happy. And its been happening for years..... now adays its commen practive tho...

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.




Re: CNET Losing CES Best of Show Award Next Year

Oh snap!  I'm so happy to see some actual serious fallout from this for CNET.

Re: CNET Losing CES Best of Show Award Next Year

I don't believe, after these instances where twice now that we know of (see: Jeff Gerstmann (GameSpot) corporate interest has affected staffing and the publishing independence of a CBS-owned publication. Makes me wonder if 60 Minutes has ever seen such reach. I can no longer trust CBS (I feel) with journalistic integrity.

Papa Midnight

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