People throw money at online media they get for free (The 3:59, Ep. 329)
We break down why music and news subscriptions are on the rise, talk about T-Mobile and Verizon's competing 5G visions and discuss Sen. Al Franken's resignation.
Joan E. Solsman
Roger ChengExecutive Editor / Head of News
Roger Cheng (he/him/his) is the executive editor in charge of CNET News, managing everything from daily breaking news to in-depth investigative packages. Prior to this, he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade and got his start writing and laying out pages at a local paper in Southern California. He's a devoted Trojan alum and thinks sleep is the perfect -- if unattainable -- hobby for a parent.
ExpertiseMobile, 5G, Big Tech, Social MediaCredentials
SABEW Best in Business 2011 Award for Breaking News Coverage, Eddie Award in 2020 for 5G coverage, runner-up National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award for culture analysis.
Joan E. Solsman is CNET's senior media reporter, covering the intersection of entertainment and technology. She's reported from locations spanning Disneyland to Serbian refugee camps, and she previously wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal. She bikes to get almost everywhere and has been doored only once.
ExpertiseStreaming video, film, television and music; virtual, augmented and mixed reality; deep fakes and synthetic media; content moderation and misinformation onlineCredentials
Two-time Folio Eddie award winner -- for science & technology writing at a consumer publication in 2018 and for analysis at a consumer publication in 2021