NAB cancels show in Las Vegas amid COVID-19 outbreak

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show is canceled due to coronavirus concerns. The announcement was made Wednesday, March 11. It was scheduled to be held in April.

“Of course, I am disappointed like a lot of Las Vegas,” expressed Mitch Fox, president of the Nevada Association of Broadcasters. “Some of the factors that went into the decision is this designation of a global pandemic.”

Every year, roughly 90,000 people come to Las Vegas for the show, and 1,600 exhibitors set up displays. Fox said the NAB felt this was the right thing to do.

“It was a very difficult decision, a certain amount of exhibitors started pulling out, like Avid and Adobe,” Fox noted.

In a statement, organizers 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.”

NAB Show

NAB is looking into possibly holding the show at a later date. Despite cancellations of other shows, ConExpo 2020 is still happening in Vegas this week.

“It’s not as busy as usual,” observed one attendee.

8 News Now spoke to a few people attending the show. With the extra precautions such as hand sanitizer and a no-touching campaign, they felt comfortable.

“Compared to the 50,000 or so people who die from the flu or the 650,000 people who die from heart disease, I believe this can be managed,” said another attendee.

“No one feels like they’re in mortal danger. We all feel pretty safe.”

With NAB, there are now about a dozen shows that have canceled.

For more information, visit the NAB Show’s website.

To see a list of recent cancellations of Las Vegas conventions and conferences, click here.

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