Radiodays Europe had already postponed its 2020 event once, in hopes it could still do an in-person event this December. Now the organization has acknowledged that it cannot, and it has rescheduled to May of next year.
If the new schedule holds, its physical event will be held at CCL in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 2–4. Radiodays Europe is 10 years old and most recently drew about 1,500 people from 62 countries.
Whether large events can be held even in May seems uncertain; notably, the National Association of Broadcasters just recently decided it won’t be able to hold a physical event in April in Las Vegas, and pushed its spring show back.
The Radiodays postponement was announced by General Manager Peter Niegel. “It has been a very difficult decision to make, as back in March when we postponed the event for the first time we were anticipating it would be possible to hold an in person event in December,” he was quoted in the announcement.
“However, what we are continuing to see is that the situation country by country and within the radio and podcast communities is that quarantines, restrictions on travel and the continued spread of the virus mean an event in December is not in the interests of our participants, speakers, partners and hosts.”
Tickets to the 2020 event will be honored at the event in May. Radiodays Europe will also run a virtual “Christmas Lunch” on Monday Dec. 14.