It was due to be held in June

Broadcast Asia Connectech

Broadcast Asia has been postponed until September due to the Coronavirus outbreak.  

Also known as ConnecTech Asia, the 2020 edition had been planned to go ahead from 9-11 June at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. However, organisers Informa Markets has decided it will now run from 29 September until 1 October at the Singapore EXPO and MAX Atria.  

Global concerns regarding the Covid-19 virus have been given as the reason for this move. The Mobile World Congress was cancelled earlier this year due to the pandemic, and many other events in various industries have been affected by the situation. 

Situated in a Covid-19 hotspot, the show decided there was too much risk to continue. In addition, restrictions on international travel mean that it could be difficult for potential attendees to make it – as well as something that may put off interested parties even if it was possible to make the journey.  

Ivan Ferrari, event director of tech, media & entertainment events at Informa Markets, said of the decision: “After considering all aspects, we have taken the decision to postpone this year’s edition. I would like to thank our partners, exhibitors, registered visitors and all stakeholders for their strong support during this period. We are taking immediate steps to provide all parties with the assistance they require.  

Broadcast Asia is run by Informa Markets in partnership with Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Chief Industry Development Officer at IMDA, Howie Lau, added: “Singapore is delighted to host ConnecTechAsia in September. In partnership with Informa Markets, we aim to create a comprehensive trade show.” 

Finally, Andrew Phua, director of exhibitions and conferences at the Singapore Tourism Board, commented: “We understand Informa Markets’ decision to reschedule ConnecTechAsia, and are committed to working closely with them and our valued partners towards a successful show.  

“We remain confident in Singapore’s strong reputation as a preferred destination for MICE events. The event is a key highlight in Singapore’s event calendar, and we look forward to welcoming all attendees and exhibitors at a later date.”