2021 NAB Show delayed until 9-13 October, NAB New York to move?

New dates put Las Vegas event just one month after IBC in Amsterdam

National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) president and chief executive Gordon Smith has announced that the 2021 NAB Show, traditionally held in Las Vegas, Nevada, in April, will be delayed until 9-13 October 2021.

“As we look ahead to 2021 and beyond, our top priority is to deliver a successful NAB Show,” he said in a statement. “We recognise the vital role NAB Show plays as a driver of innovation and an economic engine for the global media and entertainment industry. With that in mind, it is critical we act on your behalf and in a way that will best serve the long-term interests of the industry.”

Smith says the decision was made after NAB 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. NAB also reached out extensively to the show community to collect feedback.

“Through all of this we have witnessed growing concern and uncertainty over what the next six months will bring; enough that there appears to be a good deal of reluctance around participating in large events in the first half of next year,” he says. “The pandemic remains a significant threat and the evidence suggests it will be well into next year before it could be under control in the U.S. We also have our own concerns around being able to deliver the type of event in April that will not only drive results, but one that can be produced safely for all involved and without significant limitations on the experience.”

Smith says that moving NAB Show to October means NAB is 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; and there is opportunity to add additional partner events,” he says. “Beyond this, we have done our best to avoid direct conflicts with other domestic and international events, and have reached out to allied organisations and partners to both share our thinking in advance and to offer to work collaboratively toward turning this into an opportunity for all.”

Smith says NAB is also committed to creating new and meaningful experiences to engage and connect with you throughout the year on NAB Amplify.

“This dynamic, year-round digital platform will extend the impact of NAB Show throughout the year by providing opportunities for networking, discovery and education,” he says.

He concludes: “Since the early stages of the current global crisis, we have done our best to balance our decision-making with the long-term interest of NAB members and the wider media and entertainment industry. We have not made this decision lightly and have relied on a great deal of feedback from the NAB Show community. We are grateful to our stakeholders and partners for engaging with us and supporting our decision. Amidst all of this, we have been reminded of what a great industry we serve. As always, we look forward to working with you to provide vital events and services to support these efforts, and to invigorate and propel the industry forward.”

Assuming there are no other date changes, NAB will now take place just one month after IBC 2021 in Amsterdam.

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