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CBS acquires CNET Networks

TechRepublic's parent company, CNET Networks, has been acquired by CBS.

As Larry Dignan said in his blog this morning over on our sister site ZDNet:

"Nothing like scanning the headlines and finding out your parent company has been acquired."

Our parent company, CNET Networks, was just acquired by CBS.

I don't know the implications of all this yet, but I do know that this will be the 6th company sale I've been part of in my 20 years in the tech publishing industry. I'm thinking about switching to a career in something more predictable, like fast food or beer.

Although everyone involved at the executive level at both CNET and CBS are pretty excited about the deal, it's hard for me to get past "What's this mean for TechRepublic and, in turn, ME?" Maybe, as one of my colleagues suggested, "CSI: TechRepublic"?

Don't know what it means yet. Stay tuned.

About

Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

16 comments
yanipen
yanipen

Toni, I just hope that you stays the same... I loved each of your posts, and am looking forward for more. Good Luck and God Bless. Regards, Bayani

doug.lewis
doug.lewis

Well, now that CBS has acquired TR by proxy I guess now all we will hear and read about here is whatever is on CBSs' agenda. To bad it wasn't FOX News who purchased CNet!

CaptBilly1Eye
CaptBilly1Eye

I first thought of TR. I said to myself... "well, it was good while it lasted." I hope I was totally off base and things can continue as they have. Here's to hoping.

Nsaf
Nsaf

It's all about money, and money for the EXECs.

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

Maybe that's all easier said as "keep the status quo" but if they can avoid turning TR into the Flashmedia oversaturated clusterf that is CNet (flash crashes my browser with each visit these days; ie6 sucks but it's what I'm issued here). I've already had my browser sessions jammed behind a flash glitch once today but it was on the "wikipedia in your pocket" howto article rather than a CNet/TR page today.

catpro-54
catpro-54

Hope this is one of the sites that stays. Good info, and Friday Yuk isn't bad, either.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Just the thing you needed with your morning coffee! With any kind of luck at all, Toni, the instructions to TR will be "Keep on keepin' on." I've hung around longer on TR than I have on any other site and am hoping for the best. But I won't be holding my breath.

RFink
RFink

Great game, The object is to gain majority owner status of a hotel chain and then flush it into another chain. The player who is the most successful at doing this wins. Just like real corporate america. The employees be damned.

Justin James
Justin James

"Although everyone involved at the executive level at both CNET and CBS are pretty excited about the deal, it???s hard for me to get past ???What???s this mean for TechRepublic and, in turn, ME????" Toni - My thoughts as well; I know that M/A action always carries some changes, I hope that everyone there fares well! J.Ja

jck
jck

I feel for you. I hope that it doesn't mean what most "acquisitions" means. Honestly, the execs either get more control to validate their usually lax jobs...or they get a big payoff for being part owner in shares given to them as part of their compensation package.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Same media, different bias. Faux News. We report what you should decide.

ajaxnii
ajaxnii

I pray they dont make changes to TR I love this site and though i dont post as often as i shoudl there is always useful information that helps me out alot!!!

seanferd
seanferd

Does this put CNET out of reach of the JANA clowns? Hmmm.

Sterling chip Camden
Sterling chip Camden

... is to add more bandwidth. Oh, and they could pay TR writers more, if they like. ;)

DadsPad
DadsPad

and, sometimes, interact. I remember when GE aquired RCA, they gutted it.