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IBC 2020 Cancelled due to Covid-19

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IBC 2020 Cancelled due to Covid-19

The IBC 2020 has now been officially cancelled by the organiser. The most important European Broadcast Congress Fair was originally planned to take place in Amsterdam from 11 to 14 September. Due to the corona pandemic, important exhibitors such as Ross Video had recently withdrawn their presence at the fair, as they had done for NAB 2020.

Michael Crimp, CEO of IBC, commented: "As previously outlined, the IBC team has been focused on assessing and developing appropriate plans for IBC2020 this September at the RAI Amsterdam. Within these plans it is crucial that IBC can deliver a safe and successful environment. However, as governments announce the route forward, it has become clear that a return to (a new) normal is unlikely to be achieved by September. It has also become evident, through our dialogue with the IBC community, that an early decision is preferential for the industry so it can plan for the future. 
Right now, despite the best work of the IBC team and our Dutch colleagues, there are still many unknowns. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to deliver a safe and valuable event to the quality expected of IBC. It is also evident that important aspects of a large-scale event such as IBC will be greatly altered by social distancing, travel restrictions, masks etc. so much so that the spirit of IBC will be compromised.

With that in mind and based on what we know at this point, it is with a heavy heart IBC has made the difficult decision to cancel the IBC2020 show. You may have seen IBC and the IABM surveys on this topic. Evidence gathered from these IBC stakeholders helps to confirm this decision. 

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. 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."