CES gadget show host drops CNET as awards picker

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 31, 2013 at 6:49 pm •  Published: January 31, 2013

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

The association, which has hosted the gadget show since 1967, had contracted with CNET to pick the awards since the 2007 show. It normally chooses not to get involved, partly because of its relationship with its many exhibitors.

Mark Larkin, the general manager of CNET, said in a statement the website is "committed to delivering in-depth coverage of consumer electronics" and will continue to cover the show, as it has for more than a decade.

Dish appeared to bask in the controversy, which drew more attention to its device.

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