Dan Farber, the veteran technology journalist who has built ZDNet, a CNET Networks unit,  into a potent blogging network, has been tapped to take over as Editor in Chief of of CNET News.com.  Dan made the announcement in his blog a few minutes ago.   

Michael Arrington at TechCrunch has more information and POV. He says of CNET’s choice of Dan, "they could not have hired a stronger editor in chief than Dan Farber."  We agree.

Jai Singh, the award-winning editor and founder of News.com is leaving the company for health reasons, according to a staff memo at CNET published in Arrington’s post. 

I’ve known both Jai and Dan for quite a while. My PR firm has had the wonderful opportunity to represent ZDNet and CNET for the past 10 years.

Our best wishes to you Jai, my friend,  for good health and continued success.  And, a hearty congrats to Dan and all the best in this exciting new opportunity.

And best to Larry Dignan who will take over as Editor in Chief of ZDNet.


Above is an interview I did with Dan last May in Hollywood, poolside at the Roosevelt Hotel.  Dan talks about Silverlight from Microsoft and other trends.  Below is my interview with Jai when we caught up in September of ’06 on the MIT campus.

— Andy Plesser