By: Gigaom
January 31, 2013 at 14:26 PM EST
CES severs ties with CBS over Dish Hopper coverage
The Consumer Electronics Association is ditching CBS's CNET as its CES partner. CEA CEO Gary Shapiro said he's "shocked" that CBS "would bar all its reporters from favorably describing classes of technology the network does not like."

The Consumer Electronics Association, which runs CES, is ditching CBS’s tech news and reviews site CNET as its show partner. Earlier this month, CBS forced CNET to remove the Dish Hopper from consideration for its “Best in CES” awards, because CBS is currently suing Dish Network over technology used in the Hopper. Furthermore, the CEA gave Dish Hopper a “Best of Show” award. (It will have to share the honors with gaming tablet Razer Edge.)

The CEA supports Dish in the ongoing litigation with CBS, and in a press release it decried CBS’s policy of forbidding coverage of companies it’s in litigation with. ”We are concerned the new review policy will have a negative impact on our brand should we continue the awards relationship as currently constructed,” Karen Chupka, SVP of CEA’s events and conferences, said in a statement. “We look forward to receiving new ideas to recognize the ‘best of the best’ products introduced at the International CES.” Meanwhile, Gary Shapiro, CEA president and CEO, said, “We are shocked that the ‘Tiffany’ network, which is known for its high journalistic standards would bar all its reporters from favorably describing classes of technology the network does not like.”

A CBS spokesperson told The Verge that the network had already decided it wouldn’t partner with CES again.


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