Breaking Bad actor RJ Mitte joins Channel 4’s presenting team for the 2016 Paralympic Games

Producer and disability activist will join Clare Balding and the rest of Channel 4’s presenters for next year's event

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RJ Mitte, the actor best known for playing Walter White’s disabled son in Breaking Bad, is joining Channel 4’s presenting line-up for the 2016 Paralympic Games.

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Like his Breaking Bad character Walter White Jr (below), Mitte has cerebral palsy and the actor is a passionate campaigner for disability charities as well as being a dedicated sports and Paralympics fan.

He will be based in Rio for the Games and provide comment on each day’s action as well as presenting features and behind-the-scenes reports. Mitte will also make appearances on The Last Leg, the comedy show presented by Adam Hills which first launched alongside the London 2012 Paralympics.

Mitte said: “I’m so excited and honoured to be working with Channel 4 for the upcoming 2016 Paralympic Games. Sports connects us through the art of competition and I look forward to meeting all the athletes and learning about how they achieved their goals of pursuing their passion on such an elite level.”

Ed Havard, Channel 4’s head of TV events and sport, added: “It’s hard to think of a better booking for the Paralympics – RJ is a huge star worldwide after being part of the one of the biggest TV shows of all time and we are delighted that he will be such a huge part of our Rio coverage. His passion for the sport and his groundbreaking role in transforming attitudes to disability make him the perfect addition to C4’s own world class team of talent being led by Clare Balding.”

The news of Mitte’s signing was given by C4’s chief creative officer Jay Hunt at today’s Upfronts event in the City of London. The Upfronts showcases its upcoming programmes to advertisers.

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Full details of Channel 4’s presenting line-up will be announced in the new year as the broadcaster aims to replicate the success of its London 2012 Paralympics coverage. Lead presenter Clare Balding has already been confirmed to resume her role for the 2016 Games.