Editor’s note: This is too bad. I signed off on hiring Greg at CNET (one of my favorite reporters), though he will land on his feet. (Greg also is a former reporter of the L.A. Times and Washington Post). We used to get similar pressure from tech companies but stood up to it, including a first-amendment lawsuit from Microsoft. We prevailed in that case. Still, the CNET Reviews editors who chose Dish should have been aware of the CBS ongoing litigation, knowing they were walking into a “bear trap.”
“CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves signed off on a decision for its technology subsidiary CNET to re-vote its Best in CES Awards after Dish Network’s set-top box Hopper With Sling took the top prize, a source confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Moonves, who didn’t make the decision to revoke the award, nonetheless strongly supported the decision to pull the honor after CBS Corp. executives briefed him on the pending announcement, the source said. Moonves believes the technology puts CBS’ business at risk, the source added.
“News of the top office’s involvement in the award snafu was reported Monday by the technology news site The Verge. As a result of the incident, CNET reporter Greg Sandoval tweeted Monday that he had resigned.
‘”I no longer have confidence that CBS is committed to editorial independence,” he wrote.
CNET, whose staff votes on the award winners, posted a notice on its “Best of CES” web page last week that the device “was removed from consideration due to active litigation involving our parent company CBS Corp. We will no longer be reviewing products manufactured by companies with which we are in litigation with respect to such product.”
The rest of the article is here.
This also was reported in the New York Times and other publications.
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