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With Aereo Update, CNET Again Runs Into CBS Policy On Litigants

By | Saturday January 26, 2013 @ 3:26pm PST

A couple of weeks back, CBS Corp barred subsidiary tech news site CNET from presenting a Consumer Electronics Show best-in-show award to Dish’s new Hopper With Sling because of Dish’s pending litigation with CBS. Now it turns out that CNET is barred from reviewing any product or service directly implicated in a CBS lawsuit, according to CNET called attention to the broader ban in a new report on a significant update to the Barry Diller-backed streaming-TV startup service Aereo — which has been sued by CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox. The update included a new interface that adds access via Roku and that device’s remote. CBS’ policy against reviewing products or services involved in litigation with the company doesn’t include a ban on reporting news, so CNET tiptoed around “reviewing” the Aereo update while also calling attention to the restriction. The story is as much about the major networks’ lawsuits against Aereo as it is about the service update. In the CES situation, Dish turned the tables on CBS, using the corporate ban on the CES best-in-show award in advertising for new subscribers. Read More »

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CNET Media Writer Resigns After CBS Bars Award For Dish Network DVR

By | Monday January 14, 2013 @ 10:27am PST

UPDATE, 11:53 AM: CBS has a response of sorts to the charge by former CNET media writer Greg Sandoval that it compromised the site’s integrity by refusing to let editors present a “Best of CES” award to Dish Network’s ad-zapping Hopper with Sling DVR. The company distinguishes the award from “covering actual news” where, it says, “CNET maintains 100% editorial independence, and always will.” As for the Dish matter: CBS says it “has been consistent on this situation from the beginning.” It considers this ”an isolated and unique incident” involving “a product that has been challenged as illegal” by CBS “and nearly every other major media company as well.” The company says it has nothing but the highest regard for the editors and writers at CNET” and looks forward “to the site building on its reputation of good journalism in the years to come.”

PREVIOUS, 10:27 AM: Respected media and digital entertainment writer Greg Sandoval tweets this morning that he left because he’s no longer confident that CBS “is committed to editorial independence” and he wants “to be known as an honest reporter.” At issue is the Read More »

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