There will be repercussions for the CNET/CBS "Best of Show" controversy as the Consumer Electronics Association show announced it will be looking for a new partner to run its awards program.
The controversy started when CBS Corp. forced CNET to withdraw DISH TV’s Hopper for consideration for the "Best of CES" award. In fact, it was discovered shortly after the controversy began, DISH's Hopper was to be the winner. But CBS is in litigation with DISH and so CNET was forced to scramble and eventually named the Razer Edge gaming tablet as "Best of Show."
And now the repercussions: International CES will now issue a new request for proposal seeking to find a new partner to run its Best of CES awards program – presumably CNET need not apply.
"CES has enjoyed a long and productive partnership with CNET and the Best of CES awards," Karen Chupka, senior vice president, events and conferences for CEA said. "However, we are concerned the new review policy will have a negative impact on our brand should we continue the awards relationship as currently constructed. We look forward to receiving new ideas to recognize the ‘best of the best’ products introduced at the International CES."