NAB Show Moves from ‘Postponed’ to ‘Canceled’

The annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, scheduled for April in Las Vegas, has moved from “postponed” into the “canceled” category.

In a March 20 email NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith announced that rather than rescheduling the big TV show for later this year, “NAB would be unveiling a new digital offering called NAB Show Express, and enhancing NAB Show New York later this year.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created a truly unprecedented situation around the world,” Smith wrote. “We believe it is our responsibility to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and put the health and safety of our show community first.”

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Noting that “the landscape has continued to shift dramatically,” with sports leagues and school districts shutting down and business closures sweeping the nation, “it is impossible to hold a rescheduled 2020 NAB Show this year. We will instead proceed with a two-pronged approach to deliver as much value as possible under these circumstances to our exhibitors, partners, and the broadcast industry as a whole.”

First, Smith writes, “we are exploring a number of ways to bring the industry together online, both in the short and long term.”

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NAB Show Express, launching in April 2020, “will provide a conduit for our exhibitors to share product information, announcements and demos, as well as deliver educational content from the original selection of programming slated for the live show in Las Vegas, and create opportunities for the community to interact virtually,” Smith writes.

Second, he continues, “we will be enhancing NAB Show New York with new programs, partners, and experiences. We have already had numerous conversations with show partners about expanding their participation, and have heard from numerous exhibitors interested in enhancing their presence at this fall’s show. NAB Show New York represents the best opportunity for companies to announce and showcase their latest innovations and comes at a perfect time for the industry to gather face-to-face to restart, refocus, and reengage as we move forward together.”

NAB Show New York is scheduled to be held Oct. 20 and 21.

 

NAB Latest Big Trade Show to ‘Postpone’ Due to Concerns Over Coronavirus

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention, which this year was promising a bigger-than-ever focus on streaming, is the latest big entertainment trade show to announce an indefinite postponement due to concerns over the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

The NAB was scheduled to take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center April 18-22. The show, the largest for media, entertainment and technology, has been held in Las Vegas each year since 1991 and attracts upwards of 100,000 attendees and exhibitors.

The NAB show covers broadcast TV, radio, production, streaming, cable TV, satellite TV, film restoration, data storage, data management, weather forecasting, and other elements of the broadcast industry.

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NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith on March 11 issued the following letter:

“As you know, we have been carefully monitoring coronavirus developments both domestically and globally over the past few weeks.

“In the interest of addressing the health and safety concerns of our stakeholders and in consultation with partners throughout the media and entertainment industry, we have decided not to move forward with NAB Show in April. We are currently considering a number of potential alternatives to create the best possible experience for our community.

“This was not an easy decision. Fortunately, we did not have to make this decision alone, and are grateful to our NAB Show community for engaging with us as we grappled with the rapidly-evolving situation. This Show is as much yours as it is ours, and it is important to us that we move forward together.

“For nearly 100 years, NAB Show has provided superior value and the best possible experience for exhibitors and attendees. We knew that if we could not deliver on those expectations, we would not move forward. More importantly, keeping the community safe and healthy is NAB’s highest priority; therefore, we are deferring to the developing consensus from public health authorities on the challenges posed by coronavirus.

“We are still weighing the best potential path forward, and we ask you for your patience as we do so. We are committed to exploring all possible alternatives so that we can provide a productive setting where the industry can engage with the latest technology, hear from industry thought leaders and make the game-changing connections that drive our industry forward.

“I want to stress that despite our disappointment at how this year’s Show has been impacted by global public health concerns, we are more excited than ever about the future of NAB Show and our relationship with you.

“We are grateful for each and every member of our Show community. It is your passion for the industry that makes NAB Show a success year after year, and it is that same passion that will drive us into the future as we look ahead to new possibilities later this year and beyond.”