Consultation: Listed Events - 2022 and 2024 Paralympic Games

  • Start: 14 January 2022
  • Status: Open
  • End: 11 February 2022

Ofcom has received a request from Channel 4 for consent to broadcast exclusive live coverage of the 2022 Winter Paralympic Games in Beijing and the 2024 Summer Paralympic Games in Paris (‘the Paralympic Games’).

The 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing will occur largely overnight for a UK audience. As such, Channel 4 intends to broadcast live coverage of the 2022 Paralympic Games overnight on the Channel 4 service, with highlights from the night’s events shown on Channel 4 the next day. Channel 4 intends to broadcast live coverage of the 2024 Paralympic Games on Channel 4 and More 4.

In 2020, the UK Government designated the Paralympic Games as a Group A Listed Event for the purposes of the Broadcasting Act 1996. In accordance with section 101 of the Act, Ofcom’s consent is therefore needed to broadcast exclusive live television coverage of the 2022 and 2024 Paralympic Games. The process by which consent is decided is set out in the Code on Sports and Other Listed and Designated Events.

This consultation provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on Channel 4’s request before Ofcom decides whether to grant consent.

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