NBC Refuses to Air Next Golden Globes Due to Ongoing Diversity Controversy

United States cable network NBC announced on May 10 that it will not air the Golden Globes next year due to the controversy on racial diversity and other ethical concerns.

NBC said in a statement that it will not telecast the awards show in 2022 as members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which is the organization that holds the ceremony, have faced criticisms for months on the lack of racial representation among its board members.

“We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes,” the network said in a statement.

“Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023,” NBC added.

NBC, which has aired the major awards ceremony since 1996, becomes the latest media giant to boycott HFPA, joining WarnerMedia, Netflix, and Amazon Studios.

The diversity controversy stems from a report by the Los Angeles Times last February that revealed that HFPA has had no Black member for 20 years.

The report also raised ethical questions linked to financial benefits provided to some of its members.

The announcement came on the same day HFPA released a timeline of its “reform plan” to implement “transformational changes,” which it had promised last week in a letter.

According to the timeline, HFPA would have new members admitted, a new board elected, and a new executive team approved by early August.

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