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NAB 2021 moves to October

"We have not made this decision lightly and have relied on a great deal of feedback from the NAB Show community," said NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith.

NAB has announced that next year’s show will take place from October 9th-13th. The news that comes during the virtual IBC Showcase, means that the industry’s two major trade shows are now scheduled to take place within a month of one another, with IBC having confirmed its 2021 dates for 10th-14th September.

In a letter, NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith announced the date change, explaining the decision to move from the original April date due to the “uncertainty over what the next six months will bring.”

NAB New York, which usually takes place in October, will move to a different date. “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,” added Smith.

Smith added, “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.”

As of yet there has been no mention of any proposed 2022 dates for NAB’s main show, which if it were to go ahead in its traditional April slot, would mean the 2021 and 2022 events taking place just six months apart. Whether the autumn/fall dates will become a permanent fixture because of this is as yet unknown, as are the ramifications of its new proximity to its European counterpart, IBC.

This story will be updated…