The NAB 2020 show has been cancelled on account of Coronavirus Disease COVID-19.
As you know, we have been carefully monitoring coronavirus developments both domestically and globally over the past few weeks.
A statement from Gordon H. Smith, president and CEO, NAB Show said:
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...
I want to stress that despite our disappointment at how this year’s Show has been impacted by global public health concerns, we are more excited than ever about the future of NAB Show and our relationship with you.
We are grateful for each and every member of our Show community. It is your passion for the industry that makes NAB Show a success year after year, and it is that same passion that will drive us into the future as we look ahead to new possibilities later this year and beyond.
The story follows a similar path that the MWC Show in Barcelona faced: major exhibitors began pulling out a few weeks before the show. A few days later it was announced that MWC 2020 would not take place in Barcelona.
The situation with NAB, however, could potentially have been impacted following US President Donald Trump's decision to suspend travel from Europe to US.
Earlier this week, CABSAT announced that the 2020 edition of its show was postponed to October this year.