The coronavirus is a growing global public health concern that is continuing to have significant impact throughout the international events and conference industry. IABM is contacting all broadcast and media industry event organizers and collating their latest statements and developments on this page as soon as they respond. 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.

A detailed analysis of what coronavirus is can be read on the BBC website here.  The World Health Organisation have provided a situation website where the most up to date statistics on the outbreak are available here.

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IBC2020 Cancelled due to Covid-19

​Statement from IBC CEO Michael Crimp (18 May 2020)

I hope you are safe and well, as we continue to adapt to the changing world in which we find ourselves. Following on from my previous statement I wanted to give you an update on the developments and situation at IBC.

As previously outlined, the IBC team has been focused on assessing and developing appropriate plans for IBC2020 this September at the RAI Amsterdam.

Within these plans it is crucial that IBC can deliver a safe and successful environment. However, as governments announce the route forward, it has become clear that a return to (a new) normal is unlikely to be achieved by September.

It has also become evident, through our dialogue with the IBC community, that an early decision is preferential for the industry so it can plan for the future.

Right now, despite the best work of the IBC team and our Dutch colleagues, there are still many unknowns. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to deliver a safe and valuable event to the quality expected of IBC.

It is also evident that important aspects of a large-scale event such as IBC will be greatly altered by social distancing, travel restrictions, masks etc. so much so that the spirit of IBC will be compromised.

With that in mind and based on what we know at this point, it is with a heavy heart IBC has made the difficult decision to cancel the IBC2020 show. You may have seen IBC and the IABM surveys on this topic. Evidence gathered from these IBC stakeholders helps to confirm this decision.

Whilst this is hugely disappointing for us all, IBC will continue to play a vital role in supporting the industry to get back on track wherever we are able.

For more than 50 years, IBC has provided the central annual meeting place for the Media, Entertainment & Technology community. For example, over the coming months IBC will continue to engage with the industry through its digital platform IBC365. Details of our plans will follow soon.

Your views continue to help shape IBC. If you have suggestions, questions or concerns regarding this decision and announcement please do not hesitate to contact us. You can talk to your account manager or use our dedicated email address

My very best wishes to all of you during this time of unprecedented challenges and I look forward to welcoming you next year at IBC2021, in Amsterdam.

Kind regards
Michael Crimp

Please find a link below to the webinar that talks you through IBC’s payment and cancellation policy:

IABM Virtual Platform

IABM Article - Coronavirus and the Media Industry: Twilight Zone

IABM Head of Insight & Analysis Lorenzo Zanni looks at how the broadcast and media industry, like any other sector, has felt the negative impact of the virus, particularly when it comes to events, advertising revenues and media technology investment. 

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Dell Technologies World

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Convergence India

NEW dates - 7 - 9 July 2020

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NEW dates - 1 - 3 September 2020

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MOVED ONLINE - 29 September - 1 October 2020

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DTG Future Vision 2020

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Latest update - March 11th 2020

SportsPro OTT Asia

NEW dates - 21 - 22 October 2020

Latest update - February 18th 2020


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NEW dates - 28 - 30 October 2020

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NEW dates - 26 - 28 October 2020

Latest update - March 9th 2020

Technology & Engineering EMMYS

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NEW dates - Fall 2020

Latest update - March 11th 2020


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NEW dates - 8 - 10 June 2021

Latest update - March 16th 2020

SVG Summit Berlin

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Latest update - April 21st 2020

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AES Vienna 2020

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Statements and Policies from past events 

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Coronavirus having major effect on tech industry beyond supply chain delays (free PDF)

Coronavirus to test supply chain analytics, business demand visibility - Prescriptive analytics and models for the supply chain only go so far when there's the uncertainty of the coronavirus hampering operations.

Coronavirus Update: Google I/O, Facebook F8 and other 2020 tech conference cancellations and travel bans - As the COVID-19 outbreak spreads, tech conferences are being canceled, postponed, or turned into virtual events. Tech companies are also restricting employee travel.

ABU Secretariat Statement - Statement from Javad Mottaghi, Ph.D., BEng., Secretary - General, Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.

Chinese manufacturing hits record low amid coronavirus outbreak - Factory activity in China fell at a record rate in February, as manufacturers closed their operations to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Global shares suffer worst week since financial crisis - US markets have suffered their worst week since the global financial crisis of 2008, as fears over the impact of the coronavirus continued to grip investors.

Vietnam Expo announces postponement of event - Under the direction of Ministry of INdustry and Trade of Vietnam, the event has been re-scheduled to 1 - 4 July.

ISC West will occur as scheduled March 17th through 20th, 2020 - As the largest converged security industry trade show in the U.S, a number of our members may have a vested interest in ISC West.

List of postponed or cancelled trade fairs and exhibitions worldwide - list focuses on NON Broadcast & Media events but ones that IABM members may still have an interest in.

The Novel Coronavirus – Employer’s Responsibilities & Employee’s Rights - what are your responsibilities for keeping your workplace safe and your employees healthy? What do you need to know about the virus.

Acas publishes new advice on handling coronavirus at work - Advice aimed to help companies handle the impact of coronavirus at work. It includes guidance around sick leave, staff in quarantine and considerations for businesses in case they need to temporarily shut down.

An employer’s duty to its employees in the context of Coronavirus - What steps should employers be taking in relation to their employees?

Coronavirus: Guidelines for HR and employers on business continuity planning - Enterprise Singapore has released a PDF guide on business continuity planning (BCP) for employers, and HR & operational leaders to deal with the 2019-nCoV outbreak in Asia.

The economic effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus around the world - Businesses are dealing with lost revenue and disrupted supply chains due to China’s factory shutdowns, tens of millions of people remaining in lockdown in dozens of cities and other countries extending travel restrictions.

Coronavirus COVID-19 and corporate governance - from DLA Piper, a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific

How trade shows have been hit hard by coronavirus - From phones to watches, planes to jeans, some of the world's biggest trade exhibitions are being cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

What Business Events Professionals Need to Know About the Novel Coronavirus - This page from PCMA has been created to help you find reliable information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and to share business events industry-related resources to ensure you are prepared.

When is an outbreak an act of God? - This article from DLA Piper provides mitigating commercial and operational risks during the COVID-19 crisis.

Coronavirus: A visual guide to the outbreak - This article from BBC News provides 10 maps and graphics that will help you understand what is going on.

Coronavirus FAQ: What does this mean for the 2020 Summer Olympics? - This article from ESPN provides the latest news on the Olympics and other global sporting events that are postponed or cancelled because of the coronavirus.

Official Statements

World Health Organisation (WHO) statement on Coronavirus

The second meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019 in the People’s Republic of China, with exportations to other countries, took place on Thursday, 30 January 2020, from 13:30 to 18:35 Geneva time (CEST). The Committee’s role is to give advice to the Director-General, who makes the final decision on the determination of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The Committee also provides public health advice or suggests formal Temporary Recommendations as appropriate.

World Health Organisation (WHO) Travel Advice on Coronavirus

So far, the main clinical signs and symptoms reported in this outbreak include fever, difficulty in breathing, and chest radiographs showing bilateral lung infiltrates. As of 27 January 2020, human-to-human transmission has been confirmed largely in Wuhan city, but also some other places in China and internationally. Not enough is known about the epidemiology of 2019-nCoV to draw definitive conclusions about the full clinical features of disease, the intensity of the human-to-human transmission, and the original source of the outbreak.

Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) Statement

As the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, UFI is actively working with its members around the world in responding to this situation. UFI President Mary Larkin: “Exhibition Industry committed to providing meeting places around the world”. 

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