OLD Media Moves

NYT tech writer Bilton turns down huge offer from CNET/CBS

October 2, 2011

Posted by Chris Roush

New York Times technology reporter Nick Bilton has turned down a $1.5 million offer to join tech news site CNET and its parent company, television network CBS, reports Michael Arrington at Uncrunched.

Arrington writes, “BS was looking for Bilton to do regular tv bits on technology, and write heavily for CNET, for an annual salary of over $500,000, says the source. In addition, I’ve heard, CBS subsidiary Simon & Schuster was to purchase the rights to his upcoming book to be titled ‘Owned,’ which is about ‘the end of privacy and ownership.’ Bilton’s first book, I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works: Why Your World, Work & Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted, will be available in paperback shortly.

“But he hasn’t done a book deal around Owned yet. Simon & Schuster, says a source, was going to pay him ‘seven figures,’ or at least $1,000,000, for the book.

“A source close to CBS says these figures are wildly inaccurate. A Simon & Schuster deal around Owned was only ‘a possilibity, not a reality,’ says the source. And the total CBS/CNET combined compensation was in the $300,000 per year range, not $500,000+.

“Either way, it was quite a potential raise.

“Bilton did manage to get a new job at the NY Times out of this, at least. He’ll become a weekly technology and business columnist, and will continue to blog. Last year he wrote some 350 blog posts and about 50 print articles. Now he’ll focus on the weekly column and write only occasionally on the blog, I hear.”

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