Washington, DC (March 25, 2020)—Gordon Smith, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, has announced that the NAB Show will not be rescheduled this year. Instead, it will be replaced by NAB Show Express, a “digital experience,” and an enhanced annual NAB Show New York, which will again be co-located with the AES Convention at the Javits Center in October 2020.
Previously, on March 12, Smith announced, “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.” Now, in a letter addressed to the NAB Show Community, he has followed that with the news that the show will not be rescheduled.
“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,” writes Smith.
The first initiative is NAB Show Express, currently scheduled to launch in April 2020. “This digital experience 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—all of which adds up to something that brings the NAB Show community together in a new way,” according to Smith.
This fall, the association will enhance the annual NAB Show New York, which is currently scheduled for October 21 and 22, 2020, at the Javits Center in Manhattan.
“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,” Smith writes.
Smith also reports that the NAB is committed to action in the current coronavirus crisis. “Last week we launched a new public service announcement campaign on radio and television that will provide crucial information to keep communities safe. The PSAs are part of a comprehensive Coronavirus Response Toolkit that we have made available online to help broadcasters accurately cover the pandemic and prepare for the threat it poses to their staff, communities, and businesses,” he writes.
“We’ll be doing more in the weeks to come to harness the power of our industry as a force for good in these difficult times,” he adds.
Planning is reportedly already underway for the 2021 NAB Show in Las Vegas, which is scheduled for April 11-14.
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