5 live Wins 2012 Paralympics Rights
There's some very good news today for 5 live and 5 live sports extra's coverage of London 2012. It's been announced today that we've been awarded the radio rights for coverage of the 2012 London Paralympic Games. This will sit alongside our coverage of the London Olympics and will mean that 5 live is able to tell the full story of London 2012 from beginning to end.
The Paralympics run from 29 August until 9 September 2012. 5 live will carry around 25 hours of programmes and news from the Games featuring the key moments and stories with including shows presented from the Paralympic venues. BBC Radio 5 live sports extra will carry live commentary and analysis of the events and will be the best place to keep up with all of the action.
The steady growth of the Paralympic movement and the fact that the games are taking place in London mean there's likely to be more interest in these Paralympics than ever before. We want to tell the stories of the competitors both before and during the Games and in doing so raise awareness of disability sport.
Our coverage will draw on the unrivalled expertise of the BBC Sport team but we also look forward to bringing listeners new voices including previous Paralympic medallists.
It's an exciting opportunity for us to build on our previous work in this area, to make a real difference in shifting perceptions and to make some great radio for all our listeners.
Adrian Van-Klaveren is the controller of BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live Sports Extra