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CNET Reporter Resigns, Questioning CBS’ Commitment to ‘Editorial Independence’

CNET reporter Greg Sandoval has resigned from the CBS-owned website, citing a lack of confidence in CBS’ commitment to editorial independence.

Last week, CNET named Dish Network’s Hopper, which allows viewers to skip primetime commercials on the major broadcast networks, as a finalist for its “Best in Show” award at CES. CNET later removed the Hopper from the list “due to active litigation involving our parent company CBS Corp.” CBS is involved in a lawsuit with Dish over the ad-skipping technology.

“We will no longer be reviewing products manufactured by companies with which we are in litigation with respect to such product,” a statement at the bottom of the finalist list reads.

Sandoval, who has also worked at the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, said CNET’s leaders are “honest but used poor judgement.”

“I’m not disgruntled. CBS and CNET were great to me,” he tweeted. “I just want to be known as an honest reporter.”

CNET’s editor in chief details the editorial process today. “Going forward, I will do everything within my power to prevent this situation from happening again,” she writes.

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