Channel 4 has selected indie producer Whisper to produce its coverage of the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.
Whisper was awarded the contract after a competitive tender process. Channel 4 said the indie had demonstrated innovative and creative plans to build upon its widely lauded coverage of the Paralympics.
Channel 4 became the official UK Paralympic Broadcaster when it took over coverage of the Paralympics in 2012 with the London Games, which is regularly cited as a key moment in helping shift public perceptions around disability and disability sport.
Whisper’s credits include Formula One for Channel 4, The Women’s EURO 2022 for BBC, Today at The Test for BBC, Women’s Super League for BBC and the 2020 Toyoko Paralympics for Channel 4.
Pete Andrews, head of sport at Channel 4, said: “Channel 4’s ground-breaking coverage of the Paralympics has received worldwide recognition and we’re committed to further pushing the boundaries in terms of how we deliver Paralympic sport to our audiences.
“Whisper demonstrated that they were aligned with Channel 4’s aspirations for the Paralympics and we’re really looking forward to working with them to shape how our coverage of the Games continues to set the global standard.”
The broadcaster has introduced an array of on-screen talent through its Paralympics coverage over the years including Adam Hills, Alex Brooker, Sophie Morgan, JJ Chalmers, Ed Jackson and Arthur Williams.
Mark Cole, managing director at Whisper said: “It’s really fantastic for the whole team to have the opportunity to produce the 2024 Paris Paralympics. Delivering the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics was truly a stand-out moment for us and, to have the chance to do it again, this time with less Covid restrictions and even more opportunity for creativity and ambition, is something very exciting.”
When Channel 4 was awarded the UK broadcast rights to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games IPC President Andrew Parsons pointed to the UK public service broadcaster as “having created the blueprint for how a commercial broadcaster can raise the profile of Paralympic sport and deliver seismic shifts in attitudes and perceptions of disabled people”.
Channel 4’s rights to broadcast the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games includes multi-platform broadcast rights within the UK.
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