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NBC drops 2022 Golden Globes over ‘diversity issues’

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NBC announces it won’t be broadcasting next year’s Golden Globes over diversity backlash

The network says that it will be open to broadcasting the ceremony again in 2023 if appropriate measures are introduced.

In a statement, NBC said the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) needs time to undergo meaningful changes and enact reform.

“NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. We are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”

This comes as the Press Association reaffirmed its “commitment to bringing Black and racially diverse members into the organisation and bringing aboard a new chief diversity officer.”

NBC aren’t the only ones concerned about The Golden Globe’s diversity issues

Last week, Netflix and Amazon Studios both said they would cut ties with the HFPA if it didn’t swiftly enact more drastic reforms.

“We don’t believe these proposed new policies will tackle the HFPA’s systemic diversity and inclusion challenges, or the lack of clear standards for how your members should operate”

Netflix co-chief executive Ted Sarandos in a letter to HFPA
NBC drops 2022 Golden Globes over 'diversity issues'
BURBANK, CA – JANUARY 24 (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Lack of diversity in Hollywood

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has 87 voting members. According to Tampabay, none of them are black. The company is also facing possible boycotts from Netflix, Warner Bros.

This comes after an investigative report in February by The Los Angeles Times that recounted the organization’s questionable record on diversity.

The press association has pledged to thoroughly reform, and last week approved a plan to, among other things, diversity its membership. 

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Chinese spacecraft captures rare images of Mars

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A Chinese spacecraft has captured images of Mars circling around the planet over 13 hundred times

The crewless shuttle reached the Red Planet early last year… deploying a robotic rover.

Some of the photos captured the south pole… a first for China.

The area is known for its large water reserve… hidden under the south pole ice, which was detected by the European Space Agency’s orbiting probe.

Water is a key element in determining whether a planet has the potential for life.

Other images include a 4,000 kilometre long canyon and impact craters in the north of Mars.

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Woody Allen considers retiring from film-making

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Film-maker Woody Allen is not ruling out that his next movie may be his last

The 86-year-old director and comedian held an Instagram Live interview with Alec Baldwin.

He says the filming will begin on his next film in the coming months, but he admits that most of the thrill that goes into film-making has gone.

He says there was excitement when he was seeing his films played on the big screen. But says people streaming at home has changed his passion.

Allen hasn’t stayed away from the headlines including a fall from grace when his adopted daughter accused him of sexually abusing her as a child.

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Disgraced socialite Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to 20 years in prison

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Disgraced socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping Jefferey Epstein abuse young girls

The 60-year-old was convicted back in December for her part in both recruiting and trafficking four girls, who were then abused by Epstein.

Epstein killed himself in his Manhattan jail cell back in 20-19 while awaiting his own sex trafficking trial.

One of Maxwell’s accusers spoke outside the New York court, saying Maxwell should should die in prison.

When handing down Maxwell’s sentence, the judge said the former socialite’s actions were both heinous and predatory.

She says Maxwell worked with Epstein to select young victims who were vulnerable, playing a pivotal role in facilitating sexual abuse.

#MeToo trial

It was one of the highest-profile cases in the wake of the #MeToo movement, which encouraged women to speak out about sexual abuse, often at the hands of wealthy and powerful people.

In often emotional and explicit testimony during the trial, four women testified that Maxwell was a central figure in their abuse by Epstein.

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