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NBC cancels Golden Globes in 2022 amid diversity issues

The growing momentum toward the serious issues surrounding the Golden Globes and their lack of diversity has taken another step as NBC has cancelled the 2022 ceremony.

Following the news that Netflix has announced its intention to step away from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association until major reforms are made, NBC has followed suit and confirmed its intention to not broadcast the Golden Globes next year.

“We continue to believe that the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) is committed to meaningful reform,” NBC said in a statement. “However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right.”

Adding: “As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organisation executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”

The Network, which has shown the awards since 1996, is said to pay in excess of $60million every year for the rights.

The major backlash has stemmed from a report published by the LA Times in February which shockingly revealed that of the 87-person voting body, not a single Black member was included.

Along with Netflix, NBC has joined forces with the likes of Amazon Studios and Warner in boycotting the organisation until changes are made. While the glaringly obvious diversity issues are clear, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has also been accused of sexist, homophobic and racially insensitive questions during the Golden Globes press conferences.

With pressure mounting, the HFPA last month made a pledge to tackle the issue. The HFPA said it was committed to “making necessary changes within our organisation and in our industry as a whole.” But also noted that its actions are largely too late.

“We also acknowledge that we should have done more, and sooner,” said the group. “As a demonstration of our commitment, the board has unanimously approved a plan to increase membership to a minimum of 100 members this year, with a requirement that at least 13 per cent of the membership be Black journalists.”

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