CNET Losing CES Best of Show Award Next Year

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

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