Gordon Smith, President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), announced in early September that, due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, next year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas NV has been delayed until October 9 to 13, moving from the show’s traditional springtime dates.
In a letter sent to the NAB Show community, Smith wrote, “[I]t is critical we act on your behalf and in a way that will best serve the long-term interests of the industry. We have worked diligently over the last few weeks and months monitoring a range of variables, including health and safety concerns, economic indicators, industry developments and travel restrictions, to gain an understanding of overall trends and future conditions for holding a major event in 2021. We have also reached out extensively to the show community to collect feedback.”
Smith added, “Moving [the] NAB Show to October means we are considering alternative 2021 dates for NAB Show New York, held annually in October. On the plus side, the 2021 Radio Show will co-locate with NAB Show in Las Vegas, as will NAB’s Sales and Management Television Exchange.” He added, “[T]here is opportunity to add additional partner events. Beyond this, we have done our best to avoid direct conflicts with other domestic and international events, and [we] have reached out to allied organizations and partners to both share our thinking in advance and offer to work collaboratively toward turning this into an opportunity for all.”
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