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2021 NAB Show Cancels In-Person Event, Goes Virtual


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The NAB has decided to cancel this year's in-person NAB Show, calling the move a "difficult decision." The show was to take place in Las Vegas next month but is going virtual again with concerns about the coronavirus pandemic leading to key exhibitors pulling out of the live event. The show was slated for October 9-13 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The 2020 convention went virtual last year amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The following message was sent today to the NAB Show community from Chris Brown, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Global Connections and Events at the National Association of Broadcasters:

"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.

As we have always kept the best interest and safety of the industry as our priority, 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.

NAB Show is the premiere destination for the media and entertainment industry and 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."

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