BBC one announces 2016 Invictus Games programming and presenting team
Friday 8th April – The BBC today announced that Gabby Logan, Ade Adepitan, Daráine Mulvihill and Rachael Latham will lead the presenting team at the Invictus Games Orlando 2016.
Each weekday evening from Monday 9th – Friday 13th May, BBC One will broadcast the latest coverage. Highlights will include the opening and closing ceremonies and competitor events.
BBC One is the exclusive UK broadcast partner for the 2016 Invictus Games which will feature over 500 competitors from 15 countries and will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida from 8 -12 May 2016.
In addition to the daily live programming, BBC One will be putting the stories of the UK Armed Forces Team centre stage through its coverage of the events and a 1×60 documentary: The Road To The Games (w/t) which is due for broadcast in the week prior to the events.
The documentary, commissioned by Charlotte Moore, will put a spotlight on the inspirational stories of the competitors involved and follow them as they prepare with their team mates and families, for the Games.
Already announced, a second 2×60 documentary will follow the progress of choirmaster Gareth Malone who has been invited to form a choir made up of wounded, injured or sick ex- servicemen and women that will perform at the 2016 Invictus Games.
Today’s announcement follows on from 2014 when the BBC was the Host Broadcaster of the very first Invictus Games with Prince Harry at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Guy Freeman, Executive Producer, BBC Entertainment and Events said: “We are honoured to be returning as the official UK broadcast partner of the second Invictus Games. Each and every competitor has a unique story to tell; but what shines through everyone is the power of the human spirit and camaraderie to overcome adversity which can’t help but inspire.”
Dominic Reid, Managing Director of the Invictus Games Foundation said: “The support from the BBC during the inaugural Invictus Games was instrumental in telling the stories of our inspirational competitors. So it’s fantastic that it will again be throwing its full weight behind the Games. I’m thrilled that the BBC is continuing to shine a light on how important sport is in the rehabilitation of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.”
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For more information about the BBC programming, please contact Ellen.Hughes@bbc.co.uk / 07718 695 382
For more information about the Invictus Games, please contact Julie Burley at the Invictus Games Foundation on firstname.lastname@example.org / 07974 302 999 www.invictusgamesfoundation.org