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Who are Channel 4's Paralympics presenters? Are they in Tokyo or the UK?

Joshua Rogers August 23, 2021
Who are Channel 4's Paralympics presenters? Are they in Tokyo or the UK?
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Who are Channel 4’s Paralympics presenters? The channel, as well as More 4, will provide all the coverage from Tokyo starting on Tuesday, 24 August. People are wondering who is in the line-up, and whether the presenters are in the UK or Tokyo.

The 2020 Tokyo Paralympics are almost here, a year after originally planned.

The opening ceremony takes place on Tuesday, 24 August, with the games ending on Sunday, 5 September.

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An estimated 4,350 athletes from 160 countries will descend on Tokyo for the Paralympics, which promise to be every bit as exciting as the Olympics last month.

What channel is the Paralympics on in the UK?

You can watch this summer’s Paralympics on Channel 4 and More 4 in the UK.

This differs from the Olympic coverage, which was broadcast on the BBC and Eurosport.

Channel 4 will show more than 300 hours of coverage on its main channels, while 16 dedicated live-streams will provide more than 1,000 hours of footage. 

More 4 will have dedicated team sports.

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Who are Channel 4’s Paralympic presenters, commentators and pundits?

More than two-thirds (70%) of Channel 4’s Paralympic presenting team have disabilities.

Here’s the line-up in full of presenters, commentators and pundits.

Presenters

  • Ade Adepitan
  • Clare Balding
  • Sophie Morgan
  • Lee McKenzie
  • Ed Jackson
  • JJ Chalmers
  • Vick Hope
  • Jordan Jarret-Bryan
  • Liz Johnson
  • Jeanette Kwakye
  • Giles Long
  • Steph McGovern
  • Arthur Williams

Commentators

  • Simon Brotherton
  • Jo Rowsell
  • Ronald McIntosh
  • Rob Walker
  • Katharine Merry
  • Dan Strange, Clare Griffiths
  • John Rawling
  • Steve Brown
  • Gigi Salmon
  • Louise Hunt
  • Peter Norfolk
  • Marc Woods

Pundits

  • Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
  • Stef Reid (post-competition)
  • Lauren Steadman (post-competition)
  • Danny Crates
  • Liam Malone
  • Alice Tai
  • Hannah Dines
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Where are Channel 4’s Paralympic presenters? Are they in Tokyo?

Channel 4’s presenters, commentators and pundits will work between Tokyo, Leeds and London. 

Most of the commentary will take place from studios in Ealing, London. 

However, the likes Sophie Morgan, JJ Chalmers, Ed Jackson, Lee McKenzie and Vick Hope are in Japan. Ade Adepitan, who will be fronting the highlights show, is also in Tokyo.

Claire Balding will present live daily events coverage from Leeds as Chalmers and Jackson focus on the team events on More 4.

Steph McGovern and Arthur Williams will host the Paralympics Breakfast Show from the same venue.

The Last Leg’s Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe will also be on hand to present a daily comedy show going over the day’s events.

They’ll broadcasting from London.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.