Sep 11, 2001 - Due to the tragic events that took place the morning of September 11, 2001, in New York City and Washington, DC, several broadcast-industry events have been cancelled or rescheduled.
RTNDA: Nashville - Due to the national emergency, the Board of Directors of the Radio-Television News Directors Association has canceled the 2001 RTNDA International Conference & Exhibition scheduled to begin September 12, 2001, in Nashville. The RTNDA board resolution reads as follows:
"Whereas a national emergency has been caused by multiple acts of violence involving public and private entities, and
Whereas the members of RTNDA feel a deep obligation to serve the public in this time of national crisis, and
Whereas the shutdown of the nation's air traffic system renders it impossible for thousands of potential attendees to reach the convention site, and
Whereas the exhibitors at the meeting have informed the board they are unable to conduct business under these circumstances because of the crisis,
Therefore, the Board of Directors of the Radio-Television News Directors Association hereby cancels the 2001 RTNDA International Conference & Exhibition."
As many as 4,000 attendees had been expected at the Nashville convention.
The Radio-Television News Directors Association is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTNDA represents local and network news executives in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media in more than 30 countries.
SBE 22 Regional Convention and SBE National Meeting: Verona, NY - SBE President Andy Butler and President-Elect Troy Pennington announced that the SBE National Meetings scheduled for this week in Verona, NY, have been cancelled. This decision was made out of respect for the loss of life as a result of the attacks on New York City and Washington DC.
The SBE National Meeting has not yet been rescheduled.
A message was sent from the SBE Chapter 22 Convention office stating that the convention has been postponed until November 28.
XM Satellite Service Launch: Washington, DC, San Diego and Dallas - Due to today's national tragedy, XM Satellite Radio has postponed the launch of its commercial service in San Diego and Dallas scheduled for September 12, as well as events in those cities and Washington, DC, related to the service launch. The thoughts and prayers of all XM employees go out to those affected by these horrible events.
111th AES Convention: New York City - Official Statement of the Audio Engineering Society:
In view of the tragic events that took place yesterday there has been a lot of speculation as to whether the AES 111th Convention would proceed next week, as planned. There were several factors to be taken into consideration and a necessity to have discussions with other parties. For this reason we did not make a hasty statement.
We have just returned from the Javits Center where we had a meeting with its top management. We learned that the New York City Mayor's Office of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have taken over large portions of the Javits Center for use in coordinating emergency services. We also learned that FEMA will have complete control of these spaces and any others that they need, for an undetermined period. This obviously makes holding the event as planned impossible. However, we were able to reschedule the convention, rather than just cancel it. Most of the people who contacted us hoped that this would be the solution.
The new dates will be Friday, November 30 to Monday, December 3, 2001, with the same exhibit, demo and conference space as [were originally scheduled].
We at the Audio Engineering Society would like to thank those of you who took the time and trouble to inquire about the safety of the staff here in the New York Office and to wish us well and give us your support. This was much appreciated.
Lastly at this sad time, we would like to spare a thought for those who have had their lives so much more severely disrupted than any of us. We were, and are, very sensitive to their feelings. Let us hope that we can look forward to better times ahead.