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C4 strengthens sports team with new hire for 2018 Winter Paralympics

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Channel 4 has bolstered its sports department with the appointment of a new sports commissioning editor.

Gabby Cook has joined Ed Havard’s Entertainment, TV Events and Sports team and brings of wealth of sporting experience and knowledge having worked in the industry for nearly 20 years.

And Gabby’s appointment has has been highly praised by multi-award-winning sports broadcaster Clare Balding who said: “Gabby is one of the most creative people I've ever worked with. Her talent, combined with huge sporting knowledge and passion will make her a gold medal winning asset to Channel 4 Sport.”

News of the appointment comes as Channel 4 enters the final stages of assessing indies which are bidding to win the tender to deliver the broadcaster’s coverage of the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

The expansion of Channel 4’s sport team comes in the run up to a huge summer of sport for Channel 4 which will see the broadcaster air the 2017 World Para Athletic Championships from London, the UEFA Women’s Euros from The Netherlands and the UK Grand Prix from Silverstone.

Ed Havard said: “Gabby has got an incredible track record and experience across a massive range of top tier sporting events. I’m delighted she has joined the team as we gear up for a packed summer of sport on the channel”

Gabby will be working alongside Channel 4 Sports Commissioning Editor and Head of F1 Stephen Lyle who oversaw the hugely successful coverage of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Gabby has worked on a huge range of events including the London 2012 Olympics, Six Nations Rugby, Wimbledon, the Commonwealth Games, Sports Personality of the Year and The Boat Race. She has worked in a range of roles including executive producer, live output editor, magazine and documentary programme experience and worked with key talent in the sports industry including Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and Mark Chapman.

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