NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith has issued a letter regarding plans for this year’s NAB Show in light of coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. Smith revealed that the show will be postponed for the time being, while the event organizers review options for rescheduling.
The official statement from Smith reads: “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.”
NAB is not alone in postponing an event in response to the current health crisis. Informa announced yesterday that Enterprise Connect would be pushed from March to August, and organizations like Almo Professional A/V have also canceled programming because of it.