Channel 4’s pioneering coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games will be fronted by a ground-breaking team of presenters and reporters who will guide viewers through the biggest Games ever.
Around half of the on-air team are disabled – including eight new faces drawn from a nationwide talent search – and they will be partnered with a selection of established sports broadcasters.
As part of the Channel 4’s pledge to bring disability sport to a mainstream audience and add authenticity, knowledge and experience to the coverage, the broadcaster launched a nationwide talent search in September 2010, to identify the best new disabled sports reporters and commentators to front the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The channel committed £500,000 to the search in order to reach its target of 50% disabled onscreen talent during the Games. Hopefuls from around the country were able to apply to the talent search by answering the question: “If you had three minutes of Channel 4 air time, what would you fill it with?” Entries were submitted as YouTube videos.
After picking the best from thousands of applicants, along with signing some of sports broadcasting’s most prominent names, Channel 4 confirmed the on-air pairings that will front the all-day everyday coverage earlier this year.
That Paralympic Show host, Rick Edwards, will present the breakfast show with Kelly Cates, who brings her extensive sports broadcasting experience to the early morning coverage.
Former Olympian, Jonathan Edwards, will be joined by Daraine Mulvihill, who was discovered in Channel 4’s disabled presenting talent search. Another talent search success, Arthur Williams, will present the afternoon action with seasoned sports presenter Georgie Bingham.
Former Paralympian and Channel 4 regular, Ade Adepitan, joins leading broadcaster, Clare Balding, to host Channel 4’s daily peak time coverage. The acclaimed Australian comedian and broadcaster, Adam Hills, will wrap up all the events of the day in a highlights show with a difference.
Established Channel 4 news anchor, Jon Snow, will front the coverage of both the Opening and Closing ceremonies.
The presenting team will be joined by reporters discovered during Channel 4’s search for disabled talent in 2010; including former Paralympic swimmer Rachael Latham, sports reporter and wheelchair basketball player Jordan Jarret-Bryan, former carpenter Martin Dougan, researcher Liam Holt, sports journalist Alex Brooker, equestrian expert and sports broadcaster Diana Man.
C4’s reporting team will also include renowned broadcasters such as Sonja McLaughlan, Ned Boulting and Adam Darke.
Full details of commentators for each live televised sport are shown below.
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