CNET Dumped As CES Judge After CBS Overlords Trump Its Credibility

By Alexandra Burlacu email: | Feb 01, 2013 12:07 PM EST

Share This Story

  • Print
  • Email

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the industry group that hosts the annual International CES tech-fest, has dropped CNET as judge of its "Best of CES" awards.

Follow us

Apparently, CNET has lost its credibility as far as CES is concerned, after its CBS overlords forced it to compromise its reviewers' objectivity. In other words, it's all about politics.

What Happened? 

CNET's initial pick for the best gadget of the show was Dish Network Corporation's Hopper with Sling. CBS, however, is in a legal dispute with Dish over the product, so it annuled CNET's vote to award the Hopper the best gadget title. Dish's gadget allows users to automatically skip commercials for prime-time TV shows, which means it undercuts an essential source of revenue for CBS - advertising.

CBS consequently removed the Hopper as the winner, so CNET staff had to re-vote and ultimately picked Razer Edge. However, CEA was not happy. It dropped CNET as the judge of its "Best of CES" awards, and it also elevated CNET's initial choice, the Hopper with Sling, as the co-winner alongside the Razer Edge gaming tablet. The association said it is now looking for a new partner for its awards.

CEA president Gary Shapiro blamed CBS in an opinion article the USA Today newspaper published on Wednesday, Jan. 30, arguing that its interference compromised it is own editorial integrity.

"It not only tainted the CES awards, but it hurt one of the world's classiest media companies," blasted Shapiro.

The CEA has been hosting the gadget show since 1967 and in 2007, it contracted CNET to pick the awards. The association normally chooses not to get involved, as it has a relationship with many of its exhibitors.

"As the No.1 tech news and reviews site in the world, CNET is committed to delivering in-depth coverage of consumer electronics," said Mark Larking, CNET's general manager. "We look forward to covering CES and the latest developments from the show as we have for well over a decade."

For Dish, meanwhile, the whole controversy drew more attention to its product.

"We appreciate the International CES' decision to stand with the consumer in the acknowledgement of this award," said Dish CEO Joseph Clayton in a press release. "I regret that the award has come in the face of CBS' undermining of CNET's editorial independence."

CNET takes pride in being the world's top tech news and reviews Web site, and CBS' involvement sparked such outrage that a senior CNET writer quit his job in protest. CBS tried to assure angered masses that its interference with the awards was a one-time-only incident, and only because the product in question was challenged as illegal. Messing with CNET's credibility, however, is a bit too much, as far as many are concerned.

Get the Most Popular Mobile&Apps Stories in a Weekly Newsletter

Join Our Conversation

The HTC logo is seen with different devices from the brand HTC M10 Perfume Launching A Month Later After MWC 2016
Lava Unleashes New P7 Device Into The Indian Market
New Disney Phone Coming To Japan
Xiaomi Locks Redmi Note 3, Mi 4c And Mi Note Pro; Others To Follow Suit?
Tablet / Laptop / PC
Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 Dell unveils Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablets
Retina iPad Mini facing delays, may not launch until early next year
Refurbished 128GB iPad with Retina Display now available on the Apple Online Store
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition: Pricing and availability now official
Amazon Logo Amazon reportedly to launch ‘Firetube’ set-top box before 2013 holidays
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear India launch: Pricing and availability
Samsung Galaxy Gear Android smartwatch now up for pre-order in Canada
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 reportedly in the works already, may debut at CES or MWC 2014
OS / Software
HTC Logo HTC reportedly considering Android/Windows Phone dual-booting smartphone as Microsoft pushes for deeper Windows mobile integration
iOS 7 Chrome Incognito mode leaks private searches due to bug
Sprint HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean already rolling out, AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon to follow
Microsoft Windows 8.1 now available for pre-order
Internet / Social Media
Google Downtime Google blacks out for two minutes, causes 40 percent drop in world’s Internet traffic
Xbox Music web player is live and ready for Xbox Music Pass subscribers
Facebook Android app collected phone numbers even if users never logged in
Firefox 22 brings support for web video calls, 3D gaming, and Unreal Engine 3
What's App
ZTE's new lease program ZTE’s new Lease-to-own Program for Mobile Devices
LG’s G Pay to Take on Google, Samsung and Apple
Facebook: Taxes in the UK and a new Shopping tab
Samsung’s VR Headset to be Released at $99, Hulu Jumps Onboard with Apps Ready

Most Popular

© 2016 IBT Media Inc. All Rights Reserved.mobilenapps