CBS Interactive

CBS Interactive
CBS Interactive
Type Subsidiary of CBS Corporation
Industry Online Media
Headquarters 235 Second Street, San Francisco, California, United States
Key people Jim Lanzone, president
Revenue US$602 million (CBS, 2009)
Employees 2,080 (CNET, 2006)
Website CBS

CBS Interactive (formerly CBS Digital Media Group) is an American company and is a division of the CBS Corporation. It is an online content network for information and entertainment. Its websites cover news, sports, entertainment, technology and business.[1] It is headed by Jim Lanzone.[2]

CBS Interactive coordinates with CBS Network Sales to bring together ad sales operations, as well as the Corporation's television, sports, and news groups, who will continue to be involved in program development.



On May 30, 2007, CBS Interactive acquired for £140m (US$280m).[3]

On June 30, 2008, CNET Networks' was acquired by CBS and the assets were merged into CBS Interactive, including Metacritic, GameSpot,, and Movietome.[4]



Logo of CNET.

CNET is CNET Networks' online portal, providing access to reviews, news, downloads, price comparisons and CNET TV as well as web search powered by CNET is divided into five major sections: reviews, news and blogs (, downloads, and How To.

CNET Shopper

CNET is a site claiming to find the lowest prices on items from online retailers. While generally reliable, there have been notable errors in pricing information on occasion including a camera worth over a thousand dollars being advertised for only a few dollars.


Logo of CNET UK.

In addition to the CNET site which is aimed at North American audiences, there are regional CNET sites including CNET Australia (for Australia), CNET UK (for the United Kingdom) and CNET Asia (for Asia). Content on regional sites is a mix of mostly locally produced content from regional offices of CNET, with certain content – mostly news – from the US CNET site. In addition, content is sometimes sourced from ZDNet.

In 2005, CNET launched CNET UK.[5] This UK arm of CNET Networks covers similar areas to the main CNET, but specifically for UK consumers. As of January 2008, an independent audit certified CNET UK was the largest consumer electronics website in the UK, with 2.5 million unique visitors.[6] The site is mainly focused on reviews, news, a gadget blog ('Crave', a name which the main CNET eventually adopted for its own blog) and editorial content from a team of editors, covering consumer electronics and car tech. CNET UK is managed and overseen by site editor Jason Jenkins (formerly of T3 Magazine). The CNET UK editorial team consists of Jason Jenkins (Editor), Nike Hide (Chief sub-editor), Charles Kloet (Sub-Editor), Rory Reid (Editor, Cars and Computing), Ian Morris (Editor, Home Cinema and Community), Flora Graham (Editor, Mobile Phones), Richard Trenholm (Editor, News and Features) and Luke Westaway (Staff Writer). CNET UK also releases a weekly podcast called the 'CNET UK Podcast'.

CNET Networks UK also comprises a number of other online-only publications, including GameSpot UK,,, and (now defunct), each of which produce both editorial and audio-video productions, including GameSpot's video show 'Start/Select', and ZDNet's popular 'Dialogue Box' show. Collectively, the publications of CNET Networks UK generate 132 million monthly page views from 9.8 million unique visitors.[7]

On November 19, 2007, CNET UK launched the UK version of CNET TV,, which ceased production on May 2, 2008.


BNET, a portal designed similarly to CNET, was created for the businessman or woman, specifically those in the management field. It provides tools and information in an organized format, while also providing professional insight on emerging news and strategies affecting a range of industries, many not specifically related to the technology industry.

Other websites

Other CBS Interactive websites include GameSpot, GameFAQs, Metacritic,,, and Movie Tome, which operate under the "CNET Networks Entertainment" brand name; Chow, Chowhound, UrbanBaby and Consumating; Webware, a blog launched in November 2006 dedicated to web applications.[8]

Business units

Tech and News: CBS,,,,

Business: BNET, CBS MoneyWatch

Business Technology: ZDNet, TechRepublic, SmartPlanet

Entertainment and Lifestyle:,,,,, CBS Audience Network, MovieTome,

Games and Music: CBS, GameSpot,,,, GameFaqs


See also


External links

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