IBC 2021 in-person event canceled due to COVID concerns Netherlands – The Hollywood Reporter

Just over a week before the scheduled start of IBC 2021, the in-person event was called off after host country Netherlands announced a three-week partial lockdown due to a slight increase in COVID-19 cases. The lockdown is expected to be reviewed on December 3, when the International Broadcasting Convention was due to begin at the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam.

On Tuesday, November 23, the IBC announced via a statement posted online that it was canceling this year’s in-person convention amid “growing concerns about COVID19 situation in the Netherlands, that has deteriorated over the past week, and feedback from the IBC exhibitor and visitor community. “

IBC said its board of directors made the decision to prevent exhibitors and visitors from traveling to the Netherlands. Instead, IBC said it will focus on bringing people together through IBC Digital.

The 2019 IBC conference and exhibition attracted around 56,000 attendees and 1,700 exhibitors, although this year’s event is expected to be much smaller, with companies such as Avid and Sony making the decision not to exhibit in due to the pandemic.

Due to COVID, the event went from its typical September window to early December. The IBC 2020 had also been canceled due to the coronavirus.

IBC is owned by six industry organizations, including the Royal Television Society, the Society for Broadband Professionals, and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. The IBC 2022 convention is scheduled to be held from September 9 to 13.

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