UPDATED (5/18): The 2020 IBC Show in Amsterdam has announced that it will not take place in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
IBC now joins other major conferences, like the NAB Show, which was forced to cancel its spring conference in Las Vegas because of COVID-19. Also like other conferences, IBC said it will plan to host its own virtual version of the event.
"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," said IBC CEO Michael Crimp in the official statement. "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."
Crimp gave an exclusive interview with TVT's sister publication TVBEurope on the decision.
Prior to the cancellation, a number of exhibitors had already announced that they would not be participating in the show over concerns of COVID-19. Among the companies were Panasonic and Ross Video. Others included: Arvato, Vidispine, Custom Consoles Limited, Cerberus Tech, Open Broadcast Systems, Stirlitz Media, Cantemo, iconik and Object Matrix.
TV Technology will continue to update information regarding the IBC Show and its plans moving forward as they become available.
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