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Channel 4 has announced that it will screen the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, continuing its association with the showpiece event

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The news comes with exactly four years to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Games and includes multi-platform rights in the UK.

Channel 4 first screened coverage of the Paralympic Games at London 2012, and according to the broadcaster, reached 69% of the population during the event. Its coverage of Rio 2016, meanwhile, also broke UK viewing records for Paralympic sport.

“We are delighted that Channel 4, a broadcaster with a global reputation for its stunning Paralympic coverage, has been awarded the broadcast rights to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games,” said Andrew Parsons, President, IPC.

“With London 2012 and Rio 2016, Channel 4 created a blueprint for how a commercial broadcaster can raise the profile of Paralympic sport and its athletes to new levels. They have reached record audiences, in particular young people, identified and developed some fantastic new presenting talent and played a significant role in delivering seismic shifts in attitudes and perceptions towards people with an impairment in the UK.

“They have committed to build on this fantastic work over the next four years and continue to innovate within Paralympic broadcasting and we look forward to working with them as they help contribute to the IPC’s vision of enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence to inspire and excite the world.”

Alex Mahon, Channel 4 Chief Executive, said: “The Paralympic Games is at the heart of what we do at Channel 4 and we are proud to have been the Paralympic broadcaster since London 2012.

“We truly believe in the transformative power of sport and have been using the Paralympics to inspire change in attitudes towards disability in the UK since 2012.

“We believe with passion that the Paralympic Games can enrapture audiences, with high quality, dramatic, elite sport, and also drive social change in the perceptions of disability. There is nothing else quite like it.

“The decision to award Channel 4 the rights to Paris 2024 enables us to continue to broadcast ground-breaking and innovative coverage of the Paralympics, continue to build athlete profiles and to further cement the careers of our presenters.

“We have a new innovative approach to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games which will be broadcast next year and I’m delighted that we have the opportunity to then build on our achievements over the next four years and to work in partnership with Paris 2024 and the IPC.”

Channel 4 will also broadcast the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in 2021, and promises technological advancements as well as a more diverse presenting team than ever before, including more senior roles in its production team for disabled people.

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