NAB Show has canceled its 2021 event. They posted some information about this on their official website. From the information:
To Our NAB Show Community:
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 Management Television Exchange, in person.
NAB Show is the premier 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 in Las Vegas 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.
Obviously, this short notice from NAB Show is going to pose problems for podcasters who were planning on not only attending the show but also streaming (and/or recording) interviews with people who are presenting new products. There goes your plans for content!
I think NAB Show could have done this better by making their announcement earlier. Waiting to make the announcement could cause a lot of people to lose the money they already spent on travel, hotel rooms, tickets, and whatever else was required.
Overall, it is wise for NAB Show to consider the Delta variant and decide not to risk the health of those who would have attended this year’s Show. Nobody wants to be the convention that turned into a super spreader event.