Bob Bakish, CEO of Paramount Global, canceled a scheduled appearance at a press conference this afternoon due to illness. The CEO had been scheduled for an afternoon question-and-answer session at 47 JP Morgan. th  Annual Global Technology, Media and Communications Conference in Boston.

The event at the Westin Boston Seaport District Hotel was scheduled in person, and Paramount also planned to stream it virtually through its investor relations site. A company spokesman said Bakish “had to cancel due to illness / out of an abundance of caution opted not to travel to Boston, but without comment beyond that,” including whether or not he might be Covid-related.

The virus is on the rise, fueled by the rapid spread of Omicron sub-variants and a drop in mask wearing. In Paramount’s orbit, hits are The Late Show host Stephen Colbert, as well as CBS chief George Cheeks, who both tested positive earlier this month after attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Thousands of people received the television presentations in New York City last week.

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