Radiodays Europe is the latest industry event to be postponed amid the spread of coronavirus.
A global meeting place for industry professionals from the radio and audio worlds, this year’s event was set to take place at the Lisbon Congress Centre, Mar. 29-31.
Radiodays Europe issued a press release Monday, saying that its Steering Board has decided that due to the increasing health risk posed by COVID-19 in many countries, the event won’t go ahead until the end of the year.
“This decision comes after extensive consultation to ensure the health and safety of our participants, speakers, commercial partners and staff,” stated the release. “As the global Coronavirus crisis escalates and concerns regarding travel, large gatherings etc increase it makes it impossible for Radiodays Europe to hold an event at this time.”
Radiodays Europe says details on new dates will be forthcoming.
The event joins this month’s SXSW festival, the Collision tech conference in Toronto in June, the Google I/O developer conference set for May, and Shopify’s May developer and partner conference, Unite.
Canadian Music Week, NAB Show proceeding
Meanwhile, Canadian Music Week (CMW) has issued a statement saying that at this juncture, it’s proceeding as planned with its conference and expo, May 19-23.
“We are paying close attention to direction from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Toronto Public Health Department, Region of Peel Public Health and the World Health Organization,” stated a release posted to the CMW website. “Peel Public Health has assessed the public health risk associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and has determined the risk is low for the region including Toronto- Pearson International Airport. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will advise you of any updated plans.”
NAB Show in Las Vegas, which attracts a global cross-section of attendees from the broadcast, media, and tech sectors, is also moving forward in late April, despite travel restrictions on some exhibitors from outside North America.
“We understand there are exhibitors and participants that may decide not to attend this year’s show and respect everyone’s desire to do what they believe is best,” posted event organizers. “Over the last several weeks, we’ve heard from many exhibitors and attendees who are excited about driving our industry and their businesses forward, and we are striving to put on a show that will provide them this platform, while being mindful of the ongoing concerns regarding coronavirus. In fact, about 96% of our exhibitors are still planning to attend and of the 4% that are no longer attending, more than 80% are from China and unable to attend due to travel restrictions.”
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