Gizmodo blogger banned – additional bans under talks

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The entire blogosphere has erupted after the Gizmodo prank that saw many televisions being shut off by the TV-B-Gone. Now, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the organizer of CES, has sent a statement to CNET’s Rafe Needleman.

“We have been informed of inappropriate behavior on the show floor by a credentialed media attendee from the Web site Gizmodo, owned by Gawker Media. Specifically, the Gizmodo staffer interfered with exhibitor booth operations of numerous companies, including disrupting at least one press event,” the statement said.

“The Gizmodo staffer violated the terms of CES media credentials and caused harm to CES exhibitors. This Gizmodo staffer has been identified and will be barred from attending any CES events.”

The staffer has been identified as Richard Blakeley.

As well, the CEA are also under discussions over additional sanctions about banning Gizmodo and its parent company, Gawker Media. This could be a blow to them as they are in competition with Engadget and Weblogs Inc.

As well, former editor over Gizmodo and now CrunchGear’s Editor-in-Chief John Biggs has written a post of his view of the prank.

He wrote: “Unless bloggers are ready to act their age and use their skills, energy, and position to help consumers and not piss off PR folks, they’re…sunk.”

“Each stunt like this pushes us back a notch.”

Vallywag, another Gawker Media blog, has said that Blakeley has received “no notice at all” about the banning.

Talking to Portfolio.com, Gawker Media’s boss Nick Denton said that he rather see the Gizmodo team into trouble now and then and criticising CNET for being “so boring”.

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