2021 NAB Show folds on Delta variant concerns

Sept. 16, 2021
Industry stakeholders are advised to stay tuned for details regarding options for accessing select 2021 NAB Show content virtually.

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced that it is for the most part canceling the 2021 NAB Show, scheduled to be held as a live event in Las Vegas from October 9 - 13, due to renewed concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

An email from Chris Brown, EVP and managing director of global connections and events at NAB, explained:

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.

NAB's cancellation comes on the heels of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announcing that its 2021 Cable-Tec Expo is reverting to an all-virtual event. The two groups had planned to hold a joint session whose status would appear to be uncertain.

As reported by Tom Butts of TV Tech, NAB's show-canceling announcement also "comes after a number of its largest exhibitors, including Sony, Canon, Panasonic and Ross all announced that they were pulling out of the show, citing concerns over COVID-19."

Notwithstanding, Brown did advise industry stakeholders to "stay tuned for details regarding...options for accessing select 2021 NAB Show content virtually" through the 'NAB Amplify' website.

"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," Brown's statement concluded.

Sponsored Recommendations

Coherent Routing and Optical Transport – Getting Under the Covers

April 11, 2024
Join us as we delve into the symbiotic relationship between IPoDWDM and cutting-edge optical transport innovations, revolutionizing the landscape of data transmission.

Data Center Network Advances

April 2, 2024
Lightwave’s latest on-topic eBook, which AFL and Henkel sponsor, will address advances in data center technology. The eBook looks at various topics, ranging...

Supporting 5G with Fiber

April 12, 2023
Network operators continue their 5G coverage expansion – which means they also continue to roll out fiber to support such initiatives. The articles in this Lightwave On ...

FTTx Deployment Strategies

March 29, 2023
Cable operators continue to deploy fiber in their networks at anincreasing rate. As fiber grows in importance, proper choices regardinghow to best fit fiber to the home together...