IBC cancels event in Amsterdam
The IBC team has been focused on assessing and developing appropriate plans for IBC2020 (11-14 September 2020) at the RAI Amsterdam. Its priority has been the delivery of ‘a safe and successful environment’. However, as governments announce the route forward, IBC told the SCTE, ‘it has become clear that a return to (a new) normal is unlikely to be achieved by September’.
“It is with a heavy heart that IBC has made the difficult decision to cancel the IBC2020 show. 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,” IBC CEO, Mike Crimp, explained.
“For more than 50 years, IBC has provided the central annual meeting place for the media, entertainment & technology community. 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,” he added.
The SCTE’s Benelux Lecture at the RAI in Amsterdam on 14 September 2020 has also been cancelled. It is expected that the IBC Conference will be held, on the same dates, as a virtual, online event.
SCTE CEO, Dr Roger Blakeway, commented: “As many of you will be aware, a significant amount of the funding for SCTE operations (including lecture days, social events, annual dinner, bursaries and training) comes from our part ownership of IBC. The cancellation of the 2020 event will undoubtedly have an effect on our finances but, due to the careful management of our cash reserves over the past 20+ years of IBC involvement, the Society will be able to continue without any significant reduction in our services to members.”
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