I'm not sure what the reason the WT$ set it up like this. Is this happening in other regions? paladin:
Among the reasons might be:
1) making a bigger show, jw crowds with lapel cards walking in crowded cities like Vancouver . publicity, advertise, advertise.
2) in the disenfranchised assembly cities, sending a message to local elders, who are the stars of the yearly boost fest, that they are dispensable . (that is why that these are lukewarm , if not also unsympathetic to plight of the many marginalized elderly, families, that do not want to waste the energy, the thousands of $$ for what will turn out to be nothing more than a linked video event. The R &F already fell used as mere props. extras.
3) keep churning among the jws at a maximum, to prevent time for thoughtful reflection.
Not to say that the 1958 conventions were not notable events, but this is 60 years of unfulfilled promises later.