Coronavirus halts the UK’s leading TV trade show

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The Media Production and Technology Show (MPTS) has been postponed due to concerns over coronavirus.

The event was due to take place 13-14 May 2020 at London Olympia. In a statement released today (Monday, 16 March), event director Charlotte Wheeler said the decision to postpone the event came with a “heavy heart.”

Wheeler’s full statement is below.

We have been carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the UK and abroad, and with the situation growing increasingly concerning, it is with a heavy heart we have decided to postpone the event on the 13-14 May 2020 at London’s Olympia.

The health and wellbeing of our exhibitors, visitors and staff is our utmost priority and we feel this is the best course of action for all. This has not been an easy decision, as following the hard work from the team and all of the industry support we have received, this was going to be our biggest show yet. But now more than ever it is important that we support each other and navigate our way through these difficult times.

We are still deciding on the best way forward in terms of the event postponement, and we ask for your patience as we do so. The team are committed to weighing up all alternatives and we will come back to you as soon as we can on that.

Our disappointment in not delivering our May event will only spur us on further to make sure our next steps help drive your business forward and strengthen your relationship with us.

The Media Production and Technology Show is organised by Media Business Insight (MBI), the publisher of Broadcast magazine and Screen International. It’s the UK’s leading TV trade show, bringing together the UK media and broadcast industries.

The exhibition and seminar programme covers all aspects of content production, including pre-production, lighting, audio, technology, post and sports broadcasting.