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Channel 4 unveils Tokyo Paralympics line up

09 July 2021

 

Almost three quarters of the 2021 Paralympic presenting team identify as Disabled, Channel 4 has announced – the largest number of Disabled presenters ever seen on UK TV.

Presenters lined up include wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan, who will host the highlights show Today in Tokyo from Japan, as well as TV presenter Sophie Morgan, former Royal Marines commando and Strictly Come Dancing star JJ Chalmers, and former rugby union player Ed Jackson. Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Steve Brown, Liam Malone, Danny Crates and Liz Johnson will join in with commentary.

Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe will present The Last Leg every day from London and comedian Rosie Jones will join them from Tokyo.

The Channel has scheduled over 300 hours of TV coverage from Tokyo, Leeds and London; More 4 will become a dedicated channel for team sports throughout the Paralympics, and16 live streams will be available on its Paralympics microsite.

Channel 4 and More 4 will run live subtitles, and the opening ceremony will have live signing and an enhanced open audio-description/commentary simulcast on 4Seven. Most of the content on the Paralympics microsite will also have subtitles.

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games runs from 24 August to 5 September.