The battle between NBC and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA)/Dick Clark Productions peaked Friday as disagreements over Golden Globes money and creative control led HFPA to pull NBC’s broadcast exclusivity. The Globes “press conference” (what the ceremony was been reduced to–NBC last week was dubbing it NBC News event, with "Today" and other NBC personalities to host) was not hosted or produced by NBC and was allowed to be aired by any network or syndicated show.
"After discussions with NBC, Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Jorge Camara announced that the HFPA will have complete control of its 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards Announcement that is scheduled to take place Sunday, January 13 at 6:00 p.m. PST in the International Ballroom of The Beverly Hilton," HFPA said in a statement. "Under the new arrangement, there will be no restrictions placed on media outlets covering the press conference."
The move opens up the possibility of a lawsuit between Dick Clark Productions and NBC over show costs. NBC had said it shouldn’t be required to pay money for a live news event.
Said DCP in a statement: "NBC wanted to have an exclusive three-hour broadcast special disguised as a news conference that would bar all other media, and yet was unwilling to pay a nominal license fee."
Presenting at the conference were anchors from "Showbiz Tonight," "Entertainment Tonight," "Inside Edition," "E! News Daily" others, HFPA announced. However, ABC, CBS and Fox didn’t preempt their Sunday programming to cover the event.