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Channel 4 announce Winter Paralympics presenters

channel 4 presenters for winter paralympic games
channel 4 presenters for winter paralympic games Image credit: theguardian.com

Channel 4 has revealed all presenters and pundits of their Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games will have a disability.

The broadcaster will air more than 80 hours of the games from 4 to 13 March on TV and its YouTube channel.

Wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan will host a daily breakfast show with former professional rugby player Ed Jackson and Paralympic champion triathlete Lauren Steadman.

The line-up also includes Paralympic swimmer Ellie Robinson joining double amputee racing driver Billy Monger as onscreen reporters and Paralympic sit skier Sean Rose who will be covering the event as a pundit.

Throughout the night formal marine and wheelchair user Arthur Williams will keep viewers up to speed on the latest news from the games.

Ian Katz, the director of programmes at Channel 4, said: “Channel 4 is incredibly proud to announce a stellar presenting team and – in a first for any broadcaster around the world – an entire presenting team who are disabled. This is testament to the brilliant disabled presenting talent we have in the UK and underlines our commitment to providing opportunities and for people with disabilities and making our output truly representative of the entire population.”

Thérèse Coffey, the work and pensions secretary, said: “This all-star disabled presenting team is world-leading and it is a momentous milestone for the UK, displaying pleasing progress on disability representation in broadcasting.”

Andrew Parsons, the president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), said Channel 4 was “a world-leading organisation in disability inclusion. The IPC has been working on the Paralympic Games with Channel 4 since 2012 and at every Games they have improved the broadcast landscape on para sports.”

More4 will air highlights of the games with live subtitles and audio descriptions.