CNET News.com Wins Coveted National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online

SAN FRANCISCO--()--May 5, 2004--CNET News.com, provider of breaking technology news coverage, features, and special reports and a property of CNET Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNET) today announced that it won the coveted National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online. CNET News.com, which has been nominated for the award in the past, took it home for the first time today during a gala event at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. This win is CNET News.com's crowning achievement following dozens of prestigious award wins over the past year and a half.

The National Magazine Awards, established by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) in 1966 and sponsored by ASME in association with the Graduate School of Journalism of Columbia University, honor editorial excellence and encourage editorial vitality. In addition to their recognition of the best in print magazines, the General Excellence Online category recognizes outstanding magazine and Internet sites, as well as online-only magazines and Weblogs that have a significant amount of original content. It honors sites that reflect an outstanding level of interactivity, journalistic integrity, service and innovative visual presentation.

According to the ASME, "The (CNET News.com) site which promises 'tech news first,' does more than deliver technology news fast. It covers technology with in-depth, high-quality journalism. With a strong voice, but without being a cheerleader, it exposes the problems and highlights the victories of this changing field. The site's use of multimedia, background reports and innovative presentation techniques helps both the tech savvy and the merely curious grasp various topics."

"We are all so proud of Jai Singh and the CNET News.com team," said Shelby Bonnie, chairman and chief executive officer of CNET Networks. "You can't get more prestigious than the National Magazine Awards, and this honor underscores CNET News.com's achievement over the years in setting the bar for excellence in online journalism."

Other nominees in the General Excellence Online category this year included Beliefnet, The Chronicle of Higher Education, National Geographic Online, Sky & Telescope.com, and Slate.

About CNET News.com

Based in San Francisco, with offices in Boston, New York, and Washington, and correspondents throughout Asia and Europe, CNET News.com is known for its real-time journalism and its ability to dissect pivotal trends before others have spotted them. The site has won dozens of national honors, including awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, National Press Club, and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. CNET News.com's technology stories are widely syndicated to organizations including The New York Times, BusinessWeek, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, and Toronto Globe & Mail.

About CNET Networks

CNET Networks, Inc. (www.cnetnetworks.com) is a premier global interactive content company that informs, entertains, and connects large, engaged audiences with content in the personal technology, games and entertainment, and business technology categories. Known for its editorial expertise, the company combines its award winning content with the power of interactive technology to provide its users an intuitive, dynamic and relevant environment. The company's content portfolio features top brands including CNET, ZDNet, TechRepublic, GameSpot, and mySimon, as well as Computer Shopper magazine, and CNET Channel. With a strong presence in the US, Asia and Europe, CNET Networks has operations in 12 countries.

Contacts

CNET Networks
Media:
Jean Levandowsky, 617-225-3365
jean.levandowsky@cnet.com
or
Investor Relations:
Cammeron Finnegan, 415-344-2844
cammeron.finnegan@cnet.com

Contacts

CNET Networks
Media:
Jean Levandowsky, 617-225-3365
jean.levandowsky@cnet.com
or
Investor Relations:
Cammeron Finnegan, 415-344-2844
cammeron.finnegan@cnet.com