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CNETにとって今日(米国時間2/19)はビッグニュースの日となった。Jai Singh編集長が辞め、代わりにCNET子会社のZDNet前編集長Dan Farberが就任した。これからはDanが新編集長としてCNET Newsの編集コンテンツとユーザーエクスペリエンス全般を監督していく。Danから新ポスト就任の簡単なお知らせがZDNetブログ「Between The Lines」に出ている。

Danは1981年からずっとこの方、テクノロジー専門ジャーナリストを務めてきたベテラン。つまり全部見てきた人である。だが、最近は多産型ブロガーとしても精力的に活躍しており(氏はZDNetブログネットワーク運営者)、ニューメディアのことも知り尽くしている。

これから彼が実権を握るCNETはしかし、苦境の真っ只中だ。ニュースサイトのトラフィックは、少なくともComscoreの統計の上ではガタ落ちしてるし、プライベートエクィティファームも取締役会議の支配権掌握を企てている。そうかと思うとCFOは今月はじめ首になっている

だが、家内安全の努力が続いていることは明らかだ。編集長として迎えるのに、Dan Farber以上に強力な布陣はない(新CFOのZander Lurieもこれまた交渉・金融面に長けた男だ)。 CEOのNeil AsheもやっとこれでCNETをターンアラウンドできる経営陣をひとつに取りまとめた格好。

私のカウントではCNET.向けに記事を書いてるスタッフは36人。記録のため申し添えるなら、その全員が今度はブロガーの部下になる。

Danは自称「選手兼コーチ」。これからもチームの監督と平行して記事も書いていく、と話している。

Update: CNETエグゼキュティブVP、Joe GillespieからCNETスタッフに宛てたメール(英文):

As you all saw from Jai’s email, our long-time friend and colleague is leaving CNET to focus on restoring his health and to “ponder what’s next.” It is always hard to say farewell to one person while welcoming another, so I’ll do my best here to give both our colleagues the recognition they deserve.

First of all, I’m very excited to announce that Dan Farber has been appointed the new Editor-in-chief of CNET News.com. As many of you know, with more than 20 years of experience as an editor and journalist, Dan is one of the most insightful and articulate observers out there today on the world of technology and new media.

I also want to recognize Jai and his countless contributions to our organization as well as CNET Networks. For 12 years, the name Jai Singh has been synonymous with CNET. His dedication to building a world-class news organization has made News.com one of the most credible and well-respected media entities today, with many of the industry’s most talented reporters and journalists under its roof. In addition, at the time of the Redball reunion, Jai took over as Editor-in-Chief of CNET Reviews. Over the past two years, his achievements have included the creation of the SLA, the launch of Crave and Webware, and improvements to the timeliness to the CNET product reviews process. Beyond CNET, Jai has been a trusted advisor and friend to many people in this company, and his leadership and integrity have contributed to CNET Networks’ growth into a leading online media company with some of the world’s most important and influential brands.

On a personal note, I want to thank Jai for his dedication, support and friendship during the past two years that he and I have worked together. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors and continued success. I also hope he’ll stop by so I can take him out for a cheeseburger every once and a while.

At the same time, I could not be more excited to have Dan at the helm of News.com. There is no one better suited to take the great news organization that Jai has built into the future. During his time as vice-president of editorial at CNET Networks and editor in chief of ZDNet, Dan has built ZDNet into the biggest voice in business technology and developed the ZDNet Blog Network. With over 30 bloggers, the ZDNET Blog Network includes some of the most authoritative and well-respected voices in the IT community.

I am also very pleased to announce some additional changes within the organization. On the editorial side, Scott Ard has been appointed editor-in-chief of CNET Reviews. Scott has held a variety of roles at CNET, including news editor for News.com and VP of content for CNET.com. Scott has also helped streamline the publishing process and instituted the SLA that has resulted in full reviews for key products being posted within a day of release. Scott’s experience on both the news and reviews side will ensure that CNET continues to produce the most timely, credible and relevant product reviews in the industry.

In addition, Erik Weigel has been named vice president of content operations and Mark Larkin has been named vice president of programming. Both of these guys have played instrumental roles in the development of CNET over the years. On the operations side, Eric and his team will continue the great work he’s already done to ensure that we are optimizing our resources for success. Over the past two years, Mark has taken CNET TV from concept to reality. As we saw today with the launch of CNET TV 2.0 and the closed captioning feature, the site continues to be an industry leader in the development of original video programming. As VP of programming, Mark will expand his responsibilities beyond CNET TV to oversee the front door as well as community features.

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