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Globes Lifts Press Restrictions on News Conference

The Sunday announcement of the 65th annual Golden Globe winners will be free of pickets by striking Hollywood writers and all press outlets will get to cover the event in the aftermath of a dispute between the events organizers and NBC.

The Writers Guild of America, which is striking, had threatened to picket a traditional awards show, forcing Globes organizer the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to adopt a news conference format for the program. NBC was going to cover that format.

The Foreign Press Association on Friday opened the event to all press and Dick Clark Productions, which shares license rights to the show, issued a press release that said NBC had refused to pay a "nominal" license fee to get exclusive rights.

"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," Dick Clark Productions said. "The HFPA and Dick Clark Productions felt this arrangement was unfair and unacceptable and therefore opened up the event to all media.

Cable's TV Guide Network said it plans to run commercial-free coverage of the event, which has become a focal point in the labor dispute between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers. The two sides are fighting over how to split revenue from digital distribution of TV shows.

(Updated 6:10 p.m.)

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