The Verge hires CNET reporter who quit

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Greg Sandoval, the CNET senior writer who resigned in protest when the site’s parent company, CBS, interfered with its editorial coverage last month, has been hired by The Verge, the Web site that first revealed the full extent of CBS’s involvement.

Brian Stelter of The New York Times writes, “Mr. Sandoval will be a senior reporter for The Verge when he starts in a couple of weeks. He said in a blog post that he had received a ‘written guarantee from management that nobody from the business side of the company will ever have any authority over my stories.’ The post, which he  published Sunday night, also said, ‘Long before I arrived, The Verge committed itself to editorial independence.’

“The Verge, a technology-oriented Web site, is a little more than a year old. It is owned by Vox Media, the parent of the sports network SB Nation and the new gaming site Polygon, and edited by Joshua Topolsky and the other writers who migrated en masse from AOL’s Engadget in 2011.

“Mr. Topolsky, the editor in chief of The Verge, said of Mr. Sandoval: ‘When we started talking about what he could do here, I think we both felt there was a huge opportunity for growth as well as experimentation in what he does as a reporter. He’s obsessed with getting the news — the real news — and I find that kind of energy infectious.’”

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