The Seven Network, Australia’s most-watched broadcast television platform, has confirmed the signing of an agreement for an all-encompassing coverage of the forthcoming Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Seven’s agreement with the Australian Paralympic Committee delivers free broadcast television and subscription television rights, and expands beyond television to Seven’s digital platforms, including online and Hybrid Broadband Broadcast Television. Seven has also secured radio broadcasting rights.
Seven will create and deliver the most comprehensive, technologically advanced, multi-platform coverage of the Paralympic Games in Rio to all Australians on any communications device. Seven will deliver 14 hours a day of live coverage on broadcast television across the network’s digital broadcast platform.
Kerry Stokes, Chairman of Seven West Media, said: “We are honoured to be the network of the Paralympic Games in Rio. We are proud of our long partnership with the IOC and the Olympic Movement, and we look forward to our partnership with the International Paralympic Committee and the Australian Paralympic Committee.
Tim Worner, CEO of Seven West Media, added: “We are delighted to be able to bring this extraordinary event to all Australians. The Paralympic Games take sports to a new level, they inspire and we take with great pride our responsibility to provide the Games to all Australians across all forms of delivery platforms.
Glenn Tasker, Chairman of the Australian Paralympic Committee, said: “This is a historic day for the Australian Paralympic Movement. We are very proud to welcome the Seven Network as our first ever commercial broadcast partner for the Paralympic Games and we are equally excited about the opportunity we now have to share the stories of Australia’s Paralympic athletes.
“The APC is confident that the quality and depth of Paralympic coverage provided by the Seven Network will set a new standard for the Paralympic movement, not just during the 12 days of competition, but for the 18 months leading up to the Games. The Seven Network has embraced the Paralympic ideals and we will do everything we can to ensure our new partnership plays an important role in shaping community perceptions of people with disabilities,” Mr Tasker added.