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Improve coverage of The Paralympic Games to give our heroes the recognition they deserve

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Seven Network's abysmal coverage of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games is a disappointment to all Australians who want to watch and support our heroic athletes.

Families and communities of our paralympians have been hard done by in trying to watch their parents, children and friends compete for Australia in Rio. Social media campaigns #StreamOurTeam and #PickUpYourGame7 urging Network Seven to improve their coverage have been to no effect.

There is still time to up their game!

We are urging the Seven Network to listen to the Australian public by drastically improving your Paralympic coverage for the remainder of the Rio Games as well as for the 2018 Pyeongchang and 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

Network Seven has been negligent as Australia's Official Paralympic Broadcaster for failing to fairly and equitably broadcast the games to Australians. Compared to Seven's Olympic coverage with 3 dedicated channels broadcasting all-night live action from Rio, online and mobile live-streaming of every event and interactive schedules, highlight videos and replays; Seven's Paralympic coverage has:

  • Just one 'dedicated' channel with limited coverage; opting to preference home shopping & repeats of British dramas over live Paralympic action.
  • No options to live-stream multiple events online or on mobile.
  • No official Paralympic website. Compare that to the UK's Channel 4 with schedules, highlights, athlete profiles & replays.
  • No mention of The Paralympics on Channel 7's website.

It's a total shame that Australian's are hard pressed to watch The Paralympics because our national broadcaster fails to adequately broadcast them; despite promising 'all-encompassing coverage.'

Not only do executives at Network Seven not value The Paralympics but they have also missed a commercial opportunity in underestimating the Australian public's interest in them.

Seven has already purchased the rights to broadcast The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics as well as the 2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympics.

We are urging the Seven Network to listen to the Australian public by drastically improving your Paralympic coverage for the remainder of the Rio Games as well as for the 2018 Pyeongchang and 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

Specifically, we request:

  • Uninterrupted live broadcasting on at least 1 dedicated channel.
  • Multi-event live-streaming online & on mobile.
  • Fully functioning dedicated website with schedule, results, highlights & athlete profiles.


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