ABC launches Paralympic Games

The ABC today launched its Paralympic Games Beijing 2008. At the event at ABC Studios Sydney, some of the athletes challenged some well-known faces to a quick game or two. Here, Adam Spencer battles with athlete Leisl Tesch.

From September 6 the ABC will broadcast over 100 hours of the games on ABC1 and ABC2.

Adam Hills, Paralympic Gold Medallist Louise Sauvage, and ABC Sport presenters Karen Tighe and Steve Robilliard will front the ABC’s broadcast.

The Opening Ceremony airs at 9:50pm on Saturday September 6 on both ABC1 and ABC2.

Press Release:
ABC TV’s Director of Television, Kim Dalton, officially launched the network’s exclusive coverage of the Paralympic Games Beijing 2008 today at an event at ABC TV’s Sydney studios.

ABC TV will broadcast over 100 hours of live, and highlight, coverage across ABC1 and ABC2 during the 12 days including:
Opening Ceremony – LIVE on ABC1 and ABC2 *

Saturday September 6 at 9.50pm
Hosted by Adam Hills, Louise Sauvage and Karen Tighe

Daily Highlights on ABC1
Sunday September 7- Wednesday September 17

6pm – 7pm – Hosted by Steve Robilliard
11.30pm – 12.30am – Hosted by Karen Tighe

Daily LIVE Coverage of Competition on ABC2 *
Sunday September 7 – Wednesday September 17

1pm – 5pm – Hosted by Steve Robilliard

7.30pm – 11pm – Hosted by Karen Tighe

Closing Ceremony – LIVE on ABC1 & ABC2 *
September 17 at 10pm

Hosted by Adam Hills, Louise Sauvage and Karen Tighe

* Denotes programs will be available in HD on ABC HD Channel 20.

“ABC TV’s coverage in 2008 will be the biggest effort by any broadcaster, anywhere in the world. We are excited to be there to show viewers every medal won by Australia’s elite Paralympic athletes,” said ABC TV Director of Television Kim Dalton.

“We have a highly experienced team of presenters and crew who will bring high quality HD coverage of the games to the homes of all Australians.”

Also at this event, 2008 Australian Team Chef de Mission & APC CEO Darren Peters announced the men’s and women’s Wheelchair Basketball.

The announcement was followed by Paralympic athletes Troy Sachs, Grant Mizens, Liesl Tesch, Kylie Gauchi, Sarah Stewart & Katie Hill demonstrating their wheelchair basketball skills to the audience.

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