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Channel 4 seeks production partner for Paralympics coverage

UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4 has launched a tender process for its coverage of the 2020 summer Paralympic Games 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 2016 summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro was the most ambitious outside broadcast in Channel 4 and Paralympic history with over 700 hours of live coverage across Channel 4 platforms.

The broadcaster said pitches for the Tokyo Paralympics will be encouraged to build on the ambition, scale and innovation of the Rio coverage. A deadline of April 27 has been set for the first stage of what is intended to be a three-stage process.

Tokyo 2020 is the final edition of the Games Channel 4 currently has a commitment to broadcast under an extended deal signed with the International Paralympic Committee in September 2016.