By Duncan Mackay

Channel 4 is seeking a company to produce its coverage of Rio 2016 ©IPCDecember 13 - Britain's Channel 4 has opened the tender process for the contract to produce its coverage of the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Channel 4 was awarded the contract in February to cover Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) following the success of its acclaimed coverage of London 2012.

The broadcaster is planning around-the-clock coverage of Rio 2016, including showing events live and highlights packages. 

Producers are expected to have experience in high quality sports production and the ability to build on the initiatives launched for London 2012, included its innovative graphics system, Lexi Decoder, and its work with disabled talent.

Channel 4 introduced a number of innovations at London 2012, including the Lexi Decoder ©Channel 4Channel 4 introduced a number of innovations at London 2012, including the Lexi Decoder ©Channel 4

"C4's coverage of the London 2012 Games set new standards in the delivery of Paralympic sports coverage - and for the first time engaged mass audiences in the Paralympics," Channel 4 commissioning editor for sport Jamie Aitchison told Broadcast Magazine.

"We're committed to building on that success and we're looking for a production partner who shares our vision for compelling, surprising and ambitious coverage of Rio 2016."

IMG Media and Sunset+Vine, who produced Channel 4's coverage of London 2012, are in poll position to retain the contract.

Full details of the contract are available by clicking here.

Submissions have to be lodged by January 6, 2014.  

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