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CBS Shuffles CNET Editors

More management changes at CBS’ digital arm: Veteran editor Dan Farber is once again running CNET News, a position he last held in 2008.

CNET editor in chief Scott Ard will stay on at the company, but will focus on CNET’s reviews, which he had overseen prior to his promotion in 2009. He’ll also oversee other new products, the company told its staff today.

Farber, meanwhile, will continue to hold on to his current job, overseeing editorial for And Larry Dignan continues to oversee the unit’s ZDNet and TechRepublic blog networks.

The org chart shuffle is in many ways a reset to CNET’s state prior to its acquisition by CBS in the summer of 2008. It’s also one of several moves that CBS Interactive head Jim Lanzone has made since he joined the company in March, after selling the network his

Earlier this spring, Lanzone recruited Eric Johnson, the president and COO of concert archive site Wolfgang’s Vault, to come aboard as a senior vice president overseeing all of CBS’ digital news properties. He shares the duties with Mark Larkin, who had previously been overseeing

Follow all that? There’s at least one more: This week Lanzone hired Marc DeBevoise, the former head of pay TV channel Starz’s digital operations, to oversee, and Clicker.

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