Concerns over the coronavirus Delta variant, and the pullout of several high-profile exhibitors, has prompted organizers of the annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show to scrap its live event, scheduled for October in Las Vegas.
Key elements of the show will be offered online, with a planned return to an in-person event in April 2022.
The move comes less than one month after organizers announced they would require attendees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
The April 2020 NAB Show was one of the first big events to be canceled after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020.
In a Sept. 15 email Chris Brown, EVP and managing director of Global Connections and Events at the NAB, wrote, “For more than a year we have worked tirelessly to bring our industry together safely in Las Vegas at NAB Show. Unfortunately, the pandemic and surge of the Delta variant has presented unexpected and insurmountable challenges for our global community. … It has become apparent in the face of these challenges that we can no longer effectively host NAB Show or our co-located events, the Radio Show and Sales and Management Television Exchange, in person. … We will not move forward with a show that delivers anything less than the excellence our community has come to expect and deserves from us.
While we are disappointed that we will not be together again in person next month, we look forward to converging at the 2022 NAB Show, April 23-27, 2022, to reignite our passion for our business and focus on a bright future ahead.
Stay tuned for details regarding virtual options for accessing select 2021 NAB Show content through NAB Amplify.”
The NAB Show has become increasingly focused on streaming in recent years.