When journalism and business collide: Inside the CBS/CNet controversy

dish-hopperThe popular technology news site CNet is under fire this past week over accusations of corporate meddling after its parent company, CBS, stopped the site from running a glowing review of a new kind of DVR.

CNET revealed Monday that it had originally awarded Dish Network Corp.’s ad-skipping device, The Hopper, its top pick at the Consumer Electronics Show last week, before CBS forced it to reverse course.

CBS didn’t like how the device lets users skip commercials in programs, including those broadcast by CBS.

KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis spoke with Joshua Topolsky, editor-in-chief of the tech site The Verge, about the controversy.