The Delta variant surge has wreaked havoc with a number of plans across all of society, but especially in the media business and for large gatherings. Based in Washington, D.C., the NAB is the broadcast industry’s trade group and lobbying organization. While local and network TV have faced intensifying struggles as streaming becomes a major form of distribution, the NAB remains a force in the D.C. media mix.
Gordon Smith, the former Republican Senator from Oregon, has led the NAB since 2009. In a statement, he expressed regret about the cancellation. “It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that we will not hold the NAB Show in person this year as originally planned,” he said. “It has become apparent that we will not be able to deliver the kind of 2021 NAB Show experience that our industry has come to expect or that meets the high standards we set for ourselves.”