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NATPE Cancels Miami Gathering

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LOS ANGELES—NATPE is cancelling its in-person conference planned for Jan. 18-20 in Miami due coronavirus concerns and said that it is looking at a new time and place for a rescheduled Conference and Marketplace. 

After holding its 2021 event virtually, NATPE had hoped to get back to meeting in person in 2022. The cancellation is the latest in a string of industry trade event cancellations, most of which were planned under more optimistic conditions, before the onset of the delta and omicron variants. International CES 2022 last week bucked that trend but COVID has proved too much for smaller gatherings.  

"After serious consideration of the health and safety of all attendees, as well as the quality of the event experience for its membership and other constituents, NATPE Miami 2022 has canceled the in-person Conference," the organization said in a statement. "NATPE is in the process of developing a plan to create both virtual and in-person events (when appropriate) throughout the year with either no fees or limited ones in appreciation for the support NATPE has received from many people around the world."

JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE remarked, “Although this decision from a financial point of view will cost the organization a great deal of money, that was secondary to our primary concern, which is to put the welfare of our members first. We put a great deal of safety protocols in place, but it is just not enough given the intensity of this virus which is spreading at an enormous rate all over the world. We look forward to producing a strong conference at the right time and under the best circumstances, and to provide all our attendees with the greatest value we can offer.”

Tom Butts

Tom has covered the broadcast technology market for the past 25 years, including three years handling member communications for the National Association of Broadcasters followed by a year as editor of Video Technology News and DTV Business executive newsletters for Phillips Publishing. In 1999 he launched digitalbroadcasting.com for internet B2B portal Verticalnet. He is also a charter member of the CTA's Academy of Digital TV Pioneers. Since 2001, he has been editor-in-chief of TV Technology (www.tvtechnology.com), the leading source of news and information on broadcast and related media technology and is a frequent contributor and moderator to the brand’s Tech Leadership events.