WORLD GLUED TO TV TO AS JURY CONVICTS EX-OFFICER IN GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The first time most Americans laid eyes on Derek Chauvin, the now-fired Minneapolis police officer was in a cellphone video, pressing his knee for more than nine minutes into the neck of George Floyd – a Black man handcuffed after being suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill. Yesterday TV viewers saw Chauvin as the one in handcuffs this time – being led out of court after being convicted of murder and manslaughter charges in Floyd’s death. The jury took about 10 hours to deliberate, after sitting through just over two weeks of testimony. The death of Floyd, recorded by bystanders, led to a national reckoning on the issues of police brutality and systemic racism in the U.S. and in other countries.
ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC DRAWS RECORD-LOW AUDIENCE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Add the Academy of County Music honors to the list of awards shows tarnished by low TV ratings. The event Sunday drew under 6.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen. That’s below the low-water mark of 6.6 million last year. Already this year, the Grammys and Golden Globes have seen their ratings nosedive. And it’s expected the trend will continue when the Oscars are held on Sunday.
FORMER GOLDEN GLOBES ORGANIZATION DROPPED FROM BOARD
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A former president of the organization that hosts the Golden Globes has been dropped from the group. The ouster of Phil Berk was announced in an email yesterday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association board. Berk was cut loose after sending an email calling Black Lives Matter a “hate movement.” After word of the email got out, NBC – which airs the Golden Globes – condemned the remarks and demanded Berk’s “immediate expulsion.” It’s another embarrassment for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Before this year’s ceremony, it was called out for not having a single Black journalist among its 87 members. That led to an on-air apology by HFPA officials during the February telecast.
NETFLIX SUBSCRIPTION GROWTH CONTINUES TO SLOW
SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) – Netflix’s pandemic-fueled subscriber growth is growing far slower than expected – and that isn’t a good sign. The video-streaming service says it added another 4 million subscribers worldwide from January to March. But that is its smallest first-quarter gain in four years. While new subscriptions skyrocketed during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, increases have slowed as more of us who had been cooped up at home are able to get out of the house and do other things again.