Ross Video pulls out of IBC 2020
Ross Video has announced that it is withdrawing from the annual IBC Conference & Exhibition, scheduled to be held in Amsterdam from September 11-14th 2020. Earlier this week, Panasonic also confirmed that won’t be at the event.
Ross has stated that it understands that the public health situation will likely be “more positive by September”, but, at the same time, “it is clear to us that social distancing rules are likely to remain in force for the remainder of the year, and many countries will still be tightly regulating international travel and large gatherings and events”. Ross Video believes that given these facts, and the possibility of visitors to Amsterdam “contributing to a second wave of infection”, the company “cannot commit to the IBC exhibition in good conscience”.
“Everyone wants the world to return to normal as soon as possible,” said CEO David Ross, “but not at any cost. The media industry has played an important role in spreading and reinforcing the message that social distancing saves lives. It’s therefore incongruous for the same media industry to try and hold one of the world’s first very large international gatherings. We value the IBC exhibition and it’s an important part of our annual calendar, but our approach to the COVID-19 virus has consistently prioritized health and welfare. Our decision today is based on that same principle, and I would call on the organizers of IBC to follow suit, remove any uncertainty, and cancel the event for 2020.”