A top writer for the tech site CNET resigned Monday, soon after a report was published that said the site was barred by its corporate owner, CBS, from giving an award to Dish Network for its ad-hopping technology, reports The New York Times’ Media Decoder.
As previously reported, CBS stepped in at the last minute to prevent the prestigious CNET Best of CES Award to be presented to the Dish device. The Hopper, which allows viewers to skip through commercials in programs they record, is at the center of a legal battle between broadcast networks and Dish.
The reporter, Greg Sandoval, has worked at CNET for seven years and previously worked at The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.
Sandoval said he has lost confidence that "CBS is committed to editorial independence," according to the story, which notes that he announced his resignation on Twitter.
CBS’s decision to pull the award for the Hopper caused an outcry, and CNET responded by saying it would continue to deliver "unbiased news" to readers.
The Best in Show award that had been earmarked for the Hopper went instead to a tablet called the Razer Edge, The Times reports.