Leeds among three cities to broadcast Channel 4's Tokyo Paralympics coverage

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by Rachael Hesno
Channel 4

Channel 4 has announced its plans to cover the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Paralympics games from multiple locations - including Leeds.

The programming plans will include a “unique” multi-location presentation format, with the addition of broadcaster Clare Balding who will present live sport finals each morning from Channel 4’s Leeds HQ.

TV presenter and paralympic cyclist Arthur Williams will join Steph McGovern to host a daily paralympics breakfast show from the same location.

The channel has also announced it will feature over 70% of disabled presenters during the coverage. 

The highlights show will then come to UK audiences from Tokyo, before returning to Leeds for an early evening show celebrating the medals of the day, which will be followed by late night show The Last Leg.

Channel 4’s Director of Programmes, Ian Katz, 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 delayed Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will see the broadcaster build on its coverage of London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Channel 4 and More 4 will carry live subtitles, and the opening ceremony will have live signing and live enhanced open AD/commentary simulcast on 4Seven. The majority of content on the Paralympics Microsite will also have subtitles.

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

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