Comdex, one of the world's largest IT trade shows, held annually in Las Vegas, has been cancelled for this year.
The event's organiser, MediaLive International, said yesterday that it had decided to postpone Comdex 2004, which had been scheduled to start on 14 November.
"Comdex 2004 has been postponed in order to reshape the event with the co-operation of IT industry leaders," MediaLive said in a statement.
The company explained that it had established an advisory board representing major IT industry companies to determine how the event can best be restructured.
"The Comdex Advisory Board will immediately begin assessing the value of the industry event from the perspective of vendors, buyers, media and stakeholders, and to recommend modifications to Comdex that suit the needs of the industry," the statement continued.
Robert W. Priest-Heck, president and chief executive at MediaLive, added: "In the year since we assumed the responsibility of managing the technology industry's largest annual event, we have sought to reposition Comdex and rebuild the market's trust.
"While we could still run a profitable Comdex this year, it does not benefit the industry to do so without the broader support of the leading technology companies."
MediaLive said that it had received commitments to join its advisory board from AMD, Borland Software, EMC, Microsoft, Cisco, Dell and Intel.
MediaLive's management team became owners of the Comdex brand a year ago, and began the process of repositioning the show as a business-to-business IT event.
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