Broadcast & Media Industry Events
The impact of Coronavirus

IABM is contacting all Broadcast and Media industry event organizers and collating their latest statements and developments on their status and whether they are going ahead, being postponed or moved online (or hybrid).

Our aim is to ensure members and the wider industry are kept current with all policy and safety announcements from these events as they are issued (due to this being a fast moving situation, if you notice anything that needs updating then please email us here).

This page will only contain the latest news around an event status change as it is announced, to view all industry events, we have launched an extensive Broadcast & Media industry events calendar which is THE GO TO RESOURCE for the latest events and to find out more.

The calendar is available here and includes all industry events including online, webinars, face-to-face and more.

Latest News

NAB Show 2021 Cancelled!

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 and Management Television Exchange, in person.

NAB Show is the premiere 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 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.

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An important decision by the government brings the entire Dutch event industry back in motion.

Wednesday, 15 September 2021


Further relaxation offers more possibilities

An important decision by the government brings the entire Dutch event industry back in motion. From Saturday 25 September, a relaxation of Covid measures will be implemented to make events more accessible to the vast majority of the population. The social distancing measure will be lifted and a relaxation of the quarantine measure will be implemented for vaccinated travellers from very high-risk areas.

As RAI Amsterdam, we welcome the upcoming relaxation of measures for the entire event industry. COO Maurits van der Sluis: “A lot of energy has been put into ensuring events take place in a safe and responsible manner in these times. We have already gained the necessary experience in this area. With this easing of measures, we can welcome more visitors, while maintaining our high safety standard.”

The most important measures that apply to events in the RAI as of 25 September are:

  • the use of the EU Digital Covid Certificate (DCC) for visitors to gain access to an event. This means that a visitor is fully vaccinated with an EU approved vaccine, or can show a valid negative test or proof of recovery
  • the performance of a health check (triage) at the door.
  • a maximised visitor capacity of 75% at non-fixed seating events, such as trade fairs
  • At events where fixed seating applies, such as conferences and theatre performances, the full visitor capacity can be used.

Adjustment quarantine measure

In addition to the relaxation of measures, the quarantine measure for travellers from very high-risk areas will be adjusted on Wednesday 22 September. This is especially important for international events in the Netherlands. Travellers from very high-risk areas, such as the United Kingdom and the United States of America, who have been fully vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccine, will no longer have to be quarantined as of 22 September.

“The coming changes make multi-day international events at the RAI, which are relevant to a variety of industries worldwide, more accessible to an even wider audience. We look forward to experiencing the energy and real interaction at these live events. An experience that we all have missed very much," says Maurits van der Sluis.

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BIRTV2021 Postponed

Dear exhibitors, industry users, partners and all friends who care about the BIRTV exhibition:

With the recent rapid development of the epidemic situation, many places across the country have successively upgraded epidemic prevention and control measures. The August 4th meeting of the Beijing New Coronary Pneumonia Epidemic Prevention and Control Work Leading Group further clarified that in principle, the large-scale exhibition activities held in Beijing in August will be cancelled. In order to ensure the safety of the exhibition and ensure the success and effectiveness of the exhibition exchange and display platform, the organizing committee after careful evaluation, research and judgment, and approval by the superiors, we regret to announce the postponement of the BIRTV2021 exhibition.

The organizing committee will pay close attention to the changes in the epidemic, and determine the postponement time as soon as possible in accordance with the national and Beijing epidemic prevention and control requirements, the needs of exhibitors and users, and the conditions of the exhibition venues to serve the development of the radio, television and online audiovisual industry.

BIRTV looks forward to meeting you offline as soon as possible!

BIRTV Organizing Committee
August 6, 2021

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IBC Confirms 3-6 December for 2021 Show

View full statement (25 May 2021)

Asia Tech x Singapore (ATxSG) Moved to Fully Digital

ISE Munich and Amsterdam events cancelled due to COVID-19

View full statement (30 April 2021)



View full statement (21 April 2021)

KOBA 2021 - Notice of Cancellation Due to the Impact of COVID-19

View full statement (31 March 2021)

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ANGA COM goes online for 2021

View full statement (2 March 2021)

ISE 2021 (Barcelona) anticipates it will be possible to run an in-person event in Barcelona. 

View full statement from Mike Blackman, Managing Director, Integrated Systems Events (1 March 2021)

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INFOCOMM rescheduled to October 2021

View full statement - including exhibitor FAQ (4 February 2021)

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Media Production & Technology Show postponed to May 2022

View full statement (3 February 2021)

Media Production Show Rescheduled

2020 Event Cancellations and Statements

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