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Comdex Organizer Ponders Chap. 11 Filing

New York – On the eve of its largest annual show, Comdex/Fall operator Key3Media announced that it is exploring the possibility of filing for Chapter 11 protection.

According to Key3Media’s third quarter financial report, the company could not sustain continued losses caused by the slowdown in the IT industry. Key3Media could not be reached to comment upon whether its poor financial position will effect next week’s show.

‘Key3Media’s board believes this process represents the best alternative in these difficult times for preserving the value of its brands and businesses for its stakeholders and maintaining continuity of services to its exhibitor and attendee clients,’ the company said in a release.

This year’s show is substantially smaller than previous events with about 125,000 attendees expected and just over 1,000 exhibitors. Last year’s show, which was held in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, drew a very small crowd and many vendors limited the number people they sent to the show.