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Channel 4 search for disabled presenters for Paralympics

Hosting broadcaster in hunt for commentators, experts and presenters with disabilities to headline P

Channel 4 has launched a £500,000 search for disabled people to work as commentators, experts and presenters during the London 2012 Paralympics Games.

The broadcaster, which won the rights to air the Paralympics at the beginning of this year, said it wants disabled presenters to constitute half of its Paralympics on-screen team.

Channel 4's acting chief creative officer, Julian Bellamy, said that the schedules of the broadcaster would be adjusted to include 150 hours of live coverage of the event - due to take place between 29 August and 9 September 2012. He noted that the 2012 event will be "biggest event in Channel 4's history".

The broadcaster will also invest in a multimillion-pound marketing campaign to promote Paralympic sports.

It will launch a 10-part magazine series called "That Paralympic Show", and a 90-minute documentary called "Inside Incredible Athletes" on 29 August this year.

While the former will be hosted by T4's Rick Edwards and wheelchair basketball medallist Ade Adepitan, Jump London director Mike Christie will host the latter.