CBS Requires CNET To Re-vote on CES's "Best in Show"
January 14, 2013 12:38 PM Subscribe
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CBS has been in a dispute with Dish Networks, maker of the "Hopper", a device that allows users to skip commercials on their DVR, seeing it as a threat to their broadcast business model. After the "Hopper" was voted best in show at CES by the editors of CNET, CNET's parent CBS intervened and required a re-vote.
According to The Verge, "executives at CBS learned that the Hopper would win "Best of Show" prior to the announcement. Before the winner was unveiled, CBS Interactive News senior-vice president and General Manager Mark Larkin informed CNET's staff that the Hopper could not take the top award. The Hopper would have to be removed from consideration, and the editorial team had to re-vote and pick a new winner from the remaining choices.
As part of the fallout, CNET reporter Greg Sandoval announced he was quitting
, stating on twitter that he no longer had confidence that CBS was interested in guaranteeing editorial independence for CNET.