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Channel 4 announce Paralympics coverage

presenters of channel 4's Paralympic games
presenters of channel 4's Paralympic games Image credit: burytimes.co.uk

Channel 4 has announced at least 70 per cent of its presenters for their Paralympics schedule will be disabled when coverage starts next month.

The broadcaster will show over 300 hours of the games including a new breakfast programme ahead of daily events hosted by Arthur Williams and Steph McGovern.

Wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan will introduce the Today in Tokyo highlights show with disability advocate Sophie Morgan, former professional rugby player Ed Jackson and f ormer Royal Marine Commando and Strictly Come Dancing star JJ Chalmers.

There will be live broadcasts from Japan hosted by Lee McKenzie and Vick Hope whilst Clare Balding will front live sport finals from Leeds.

Every night Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe will present The Last Leg from a London studio with reporter Rosie Jones over in Tokyo.

Viewers of More 4 will be treated a sports channel dedicated to the games featuring wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.

The opening ceremony on August 24 will feature live signing and subtitles on Channel 4 and More 4 and live enhanced AD/ commentary simulcast on 4Seven.

Coverage over the Channel 4 network will also feature sport pundits including Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Liz Johnson, Danny Crates, Liam Malone and Steve Brown.

Ian Katz, director of programmes at Channel 4, said: “Channel 4 has long played a fundamental role in bringing a global audience to the Paralympic Games and for shifting perceptions of disabled people through our significant investment in coverage and award-winning marketing campaigns for London 2012 and Rio 2016.

“Now we’re finally able to get excited about bringing the long-awaited Tokyo 2020 Paralympics to UK viewers with even more coverage than ever before across multiple platforms, from multiple locations and hosted by a stellar presenting team.

“We’re looking forward to bringing the best coverage possible to the British public so we can all get behind ParalympicsGB and celebrate their success in Tokyo.”

The channel will also launch its own Paralympics microsite showing over 1,000 hours of coverage.

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will take place from August 24 to September 6.