CNET Hires Another Ex-Magazine Exec

Former EW President Dave Morris Will Do Network Sales

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NEW YORK ( -- CNET Networks has snagged yet another experienced magazine hand to help run its digital media business, this time hiring Dave Morris, a 21-year veteran of Time Inc., as senior VP-network sales. Mr. Morris had been president and publisher of Entertainment Weekly until late last month, when he left after Time Inc. promoted another executive above him to lead its new entertainment group.

At CNET, which operates not just the eponymous web site but brands like GameSpot and, Mr. Morris joins fellow former magazine pros like Stephen Colvin, the former president-CEO of Dennis Publishing, and Jack Haire, the longtime Time Inc. executive who was named special advisor to CEO Neil Ashe last June and has since been named chief client officer.

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It was Mr. Haire himself, in fact, who welcomed Mr. Morris in an announcement from CNET. "Dave brings a wealth of management and sales experience to CNET Networks, most notably in the worlds of entertainment and sports, and among marketers focused on connecting with young affluent consumers," Mr. Haire said.

Mr. Morris said he looked forward to contributing to CNET's success. "This is a fantastic opportunity to join one of the most respected digital companies in the industry," he said.

Word on a successor to Mr. Morris at Entertainment Weekly is expected as soon as this week.
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