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CNET Networks UK has become the latest online publisher to join the Board of the Association of Online Publishers (AOP).

CNET Networks UK is a division of CNET Networks, Inc. - a global interactive media company with market-leading properties across the personal technology, entertainment, and business technology categories.

Tom Bureau, UK Managing Director, will join the AOP Board as CNET Network’s representative.

AOP was created in July 2002 to represent the interests of online publishers to the Government and industry and to drive standards and revenue across all sectors of online publishing.

CNET Networks currently reaches in excess of 3.5 million UK-based users on a monthly basis. In the UK, CNET Networks publishes the leading technology b2b websites ZDNet UK (www.zdnet.co.uk), silicon.com (www.silicon.com), and Builder UK (www.ukbuilder.com). In Q2 2005, the company will be launching into the consumer technology space with CNET.co.uk.

Tom Bureau said: “CNET Networks UK is excited to be joining the AOP. We can share our experiences of being part of a global online publisher, and work with the membership to grow the market for those that invest in online content. These are exciting times for CNET Networks in the UK – we are investing heavily in 2005 to extend our portfolio and launch new products into new areas.”

Alex White, Director of AOP, said: “AOP is delighted to welcome CNET Networks UK to the association. As one of the largest publishers of original content on the web, their established expertise in the online space will add value to the AOP. Strong content brands from across the publishing spectrum have much to gain from working together to further the online media industry and differentiate themselves in an ever-diversifying landscape.”

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Editors Notes:

About CNET Networks
CNET Networks, Inc. is a worldwide media company and creator of interactive content. 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. In the UK, CNET Networks' leading brands - such as ZDNet UK, silicon.com, the European Technology Forum, and CNET Direct - focus on the business technology and personal technology categories.
www.cnetnetworks.com

About AOP
The UK Association of Online Publishers (AOP) is an industry body representing online publishing companies that create original, branded, quality content. AOP champions the interests of approximately 160 publishing companies from diverse backgrounds including newspaper and magazine publishing, TV and radio broadcasting, and pure online media.
www.ukaop.org.uk

For further information, please contact:

UK AOP Media Contact:
Katy Howell
immediate future Ltd.
0845 408 2031
07803 898 511
katy.howell@immediatefuture.co.uk

CNET Networks UK Media Contact:
Helen Cooke
020 7903 6994
helen.cooke@cnet.com

Published on: 12:00AM on 25th April 2005