Channel 4 launches tender process for Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympics


Channel 4 has today launched a tender process for its coverage of the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo.

Independent production companies are being invited to pitch for the contract to produce Channel 4’s coverage of the Games.

The broadcaster’s award-winning coverage of the Paralympics in Rio was the most ambitious outside broadcast in Channel 4 and Paralympic history with over 700 hours of live coverage across Channel 4 platforms, including the Last Leg live from Rio every evening. It also saw a ground-breaking commitment to on and off screen diversity with the largest ever team of disabled presenters on UK television and 20 disabled production staff funded by Channel 4.

Pitches for the Tokyo Paralympics will be encouraged to build on the ambition, scale and innovation of the Rio coverage.

Channel 4’s Head of Entertainment and Live Events, Ed Havard says: “The Rio Paralympics was one of the most ambitious live broadcasts in Channel 4’s history, fusing entertainment and sport to produce record-breaking coverage. We’re excited about proposals on how we can build on this success in Tokyo and take coverage of Paralympic sport to a new level.”

The Paralympics is commissioned by the newly appointed Head of Sport, Stephen Lyle; by Commissioning Executive for Events Antonia Howard Taylor; and by the Head of Entertainment and Live, Ed Havard.

All details of the tender process and how to pitch are available at


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