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NAB show cancelled for second year, now to return in April 2022

This year’s NAB Show, the trade show run by the National Association of Broadcasters, was cancelled over safety concerns, with the uptick in COVID cases, related to the delta variant of the virus.

The annual trade show had been scheduled to run October 9–13, 2021, in Las Vegas.

In a September 15 email, Chris Brown, EVP and managing director of Global Connections and Events at the NAB, wrote, “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. 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. 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.”

The NAB Show has become increasingly focused on streaming in recent years.

The NAB plans to host the 2022 NAB Show next spring, scheduled for April 23–27, 2022. Companies that had been on board to exhibit on the NAB Show floor this year included Amazon Web Services, AJA, B&H, Canon, Grass Valley, MediaKind, Panasonic, Ross, Sony, and Verizon.

NAB Show 2022 Las Vegas will be the ultimate marketplace for people passionate about media, entertainment, and technology. For four days this coming April, the world’s most talented and celebrated directors, producers, and creators will come to Las Vegas to discover new technologies, share their experiences and knowledge, make new connections, hear from global thought-leaders, and discover innovative ways to advance their knowledge.

At the upcoming NAB Show 2022 Las Vegas, expect thousands of exhibiting companies, from established global brands to up-and-coming innovators, showcasing the latest trends and technologies, driving the future of media and entertainment across four exhibit areas on over 1,080,000 square feet of exhibit space at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The floor space is expected to be filled with the latest technology, hardware, software, and products driving the next generation of storytelling and a sea of people trying to see it all.

Breaking attendance records year after year, the 2019 NAB Show saw approximately 91,000 attendees, over 1700 exhibiting companies, including 224 first-time exhibitors and over 650 international exhibitors representing 160 countries. This coming year expect hundreds of new and returning companies, including major brands like Amazon Web Services, AJA, B&H, Canon, Grass Valley, MediaKind, Panasonic, Ross, Sony, Verizon, and more.

NAB Show 2022 Las Vegas will also feature a conference program with over 200 sessions to choose from across popular programs like Post Production World and lots of new programs.


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