Friday 30 September 2016

RTE to broadcast over 30 hours of live and highlight coverage of Rio Paralympic Games

Published 30/05/2016 | 12:55

Ireland's Paralympic sprinter Jason Smyth will be hoping to add to his medal haul at Rio
Ireland's Paralympic sprinter Jason Smyth will be hoping to add to his medal haul at Rio

RTÉ Sport is to significantly increase its coverage of the Paralympics with a live television show, sponsored by Allianz Ireland, to be broadcast in primetime every night on RTÉ 2 and four concurrent live streams to be made available on RTÉ Player and RTÉ.ie throughout the 10 days of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

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RTÉ will broadcast over 30 hours of live and highlight coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games representing a 7-fold increase on its coverage of the Games in 2012.

Joanne Cantwell will anchor the nightly TV show with regular appearances from Daráine Mulvihill and gold medallist Mark Rohan. The live programme will feature reports from Rio and live events as they happen.

Comprehensive coverage of the Irish team in action will be reported on across RTÉ television, radio and online news with reporters Evanne Ní Chuilinn, Darren Frehill, Adrian Eames and Cian McCormack live on the ground in Rio.

Ryle Nugent, Group Head of Sport, RTÉ said: "RTÉ is delighted to partner with Paralympics Ireland and Allianz to offer comprehensive coverage of the Irish team in action at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.  Our athletes have proven that they are world class and RTÉ is proud to bring these games to the Irish audience."

Speaking about the announcement, CEO of Paralympics Ireland, Liam Harbison stated: “This is fantastic news for Paralympic sport in Ireland and is proof of a growing relationship between Paralympics Ireland and our national broadcaster.

We’ve been working closely with RTÉ for the past three years in order to finalise the broadcasting of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and we are delighted to support their announcement today, which will see them providing live coverage of Paralympic sport for the first time, allowing sports fans in Ireland to see Irish Paralympians chase success at the Games this September.

He continued; “We are also thrilled to see that London 2012 gold medallist, Mark Rohan, is part of RTÉ’s panel, alongside Joanne Cantwell in studio, with the talented Darren Frehill reporting on the ground in Rio. I would also particularly like to thank Allianz Ireland who have once again demonstrated their incredible commitment to Paralympic Sport by sponsoring RTÉ’s Rio coverage. “

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