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A deal bringing together two of the UK’s leading online marketing and technology communities was announced today (4th May 2007) when CNET Networks UK and Chinwag, the community for new media professionals, inked a media partnership.

CNET Networks UK, the UK’s leading online-only publisher, becomes the exclusive media sponsor of Chinwag Live, monthly panel discussions with a topical focus founded to cast light on issues and trends across the new media sector. The informal evening events run by Chinwag attract a high-calibre audience and are formatted to maximise input from this dynamic community.

The deal will see Chinwag’s monthly Chinwag Live series promoted to readers of CNET Networks UK’s online publications for technology and business decision-makers – silicon.com (www.silicon.com) and ZDNet UK (www.zdnet.co.uk) reaching a combined user base of nearly 3 million unique visitors each month*.

In turn, CNET Networks UK will receive promotion across the Chinwag Live website (http://live.chinwag.com), newsletters and live events themselves, reaching a broad swathe of new media professionals who exchange advice, recommendations and talent across the network of Chinwag media properties. CNET Networks UK also becomes the media sponsor of the podcasts produced at each of the Chinwag Live events.

The deal covers ten Chinwag Live events and podcasts in 2007 and promotion on the silicon.com and ZDNet UK websites and newsletters in the run up to each event.

Commenting on the deal, Suzie Daniels, head of business media at CNET Networks UK said: “silicon.com and ZDNet UK are well-established brands that connect with a large audience of loyal and engaged technology and business decision-makers. They rely on our websites to help them become more successful in their jobs. We’re pleased to be supporting the Chinwag Live events and podcasts as they provide a unique insight into how leading practitioners are overcoming the challenges of digital content, business and marketing, and as such are a great complement to our content and our mission.”

Chinwag MD Sam Michel said: “Chinwag is dedicated to pushing forward understanding of marketing, business, and technology issues affecting digital media professionals. Partnering with CNET Networks UK enables us to share the Chinwag Live podcasts with the smart, vibrant and exciting audience they have built through quality editorial and great services. It brings together two complementary communities, and dovetails neatly with our philosophy that connecting people online and offline supports the flow of knowledge, insight and debate that benefits the competitiveness of the UK industry as a whole.”

*ABCE figures:

silicon.com, November 2006, Unique users: 752,838, page impressions: 4,073,521
ZDNet UK, November 2005, Unique users: 2,118,578, page impressions: 10.582,249

About CNET Networks UK

CNET Networks UK (http://www.cnetnetworks.co.uk) is a part of CNET Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: CNET, http://www.cnetnetworks.com), a worldwide media company and creator of content environments for the interactive age. CNET Networks Inc. is headquartered in the US and has offices in 12 countries globally including the UK. CNET Networks takes pride in being "a different kind of media company," creating richer, deeper interactive experiences by combining the wisdom and passion of users, marketers and its own expert editors. CNET Networks UK focuses on the business technology, personal technology and entertainment categories through six UK-focused websites: ZDNet UK (http://www.zdnet.co.uk), silicon.com (http://www.silicon.com), Builder UK (http://www.uk.builder.com), atlarge.com (http://www.atlarge.com), CNET.co.uk (http://www.cnet.co.uk) and GameSpot UK (http://www.gamespot.co.uk). CNET Networks UK also delivers one-to-one services through its direct marketing arm CNET Direct (http://www.cnetdirect.co.uk).

About Chinwag:

Founded in 1996 by Sam Michel, Chinwag (http://www.chinwag.com) provides internet-based community forums, websites, email newsletters and live events for the new media and digital marketing industry. Its mailing lists cover net marketing, design, usability and wireless marketing, generating more than one million emails every month. In addition, Chinwag publishes Chinwag Jobs (http://jobs.chinwag.com), the leading recruitment website for the sector with clients including the BBC, MySpace, Yahoo, Amazon, and the majority of recruitment agencies who place staff in the sector. Chinwag also publishes Viralmonitor (http://www.chinwag.com/viralmonitor), the only viral marketing announcement service dedicated to viral campaigns. In February 2007, Chinwag launched a series of live, monthly, informal Q&A sessions, Chinwag Live (http://live.chinwag.com) featuring leading practitioners and experts from across the digital industry.

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Chinwag

For further information, please contact:

Sam Michel, Managing Director, Chinwag
T: 020 7183 2925
E: sam(AT)chinwag.com
W: http://www.chinwag.com

CNET Networks UK
For further information, please contact:
Helen Cooke, Marketing Manager, CNET Networks UK
T: 020 7903 6994
E: helen.cooke@cnet.com
W: www.cnetnetworks.co.uk; www.silicon.com; www.zdnet.co.uk

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