Ade Adepitan Presenter

Having survived polio as a youngster, Ade Adepitan has since succeeded as an international Paralympic wheelchair basketball player and has built up a wealth of Broadcasting experience. Flashback to his early presenting days and some of you may remember him from the CBBC series X-Change and the BBC ‘dancing wheelchairs’ idents.

An instantly recognisable face, Ade has travelled the world for his work including the BBC’s internationally known Travel Show exploring the history and cultures behind the globe’s most enticing countries.

Never one to hold back, Ade regularly goes under cover, investigating controversial and ground-breaking stories for Channel 4’s award winning documentary series Dispatches. Recent episodes have seen him confronting the UK’s benefit system’s personal disability allowances. He is also a regular reporter for foreign affairs series Unreported World. Throughout the series, Ade shines a light on shocking hidden truths, exploring the controversial gay scene in Jamaica and unveiling the illegal doping activity of Kenya’s Athletes- a story wildly covered by the press. Other documentary work includes Ade Adepitan: Journey of my Lifetime, which saw Ade return to Nigeria, the place of his birth to explore the continuing Polio endemic there. He is also a regular reporter for the BBC’s One Show.

Ade has hosted countless sporting events including co-hosting the BAFTA award winning coverage of the 2012 Paralympics alongside Clare Balding, The 2014 Sochi Winter Games for Channel 4, The IPC Athletics, The Channel 4 Anniversary Games, The 2016 Invictus Games– created by Prince Harry and of course the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Ade’s personal sporting achievements include a Bronze in The Athens Paralympics, Silver in the European Championships and Gold in The World Championships. Ade received an MBE in 2005 and was awarded Honorary Doctorates from Loughborough University in 2006 and the University of East London in 2010. Ade continues to practice his much loved sport of wheelchair basketball and is due to take part in a tournament abroad this year.

Ade continues to support a plethora of charities including Amnesty International, Unicef and NSPCC including many other sporting organisations. In 2012 Ade opened the Ade Adepitan Short Break Centre– a community centre in Brent for young people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities. He has recently become a Patron of Rotary International UK and Ireland, supporting the ‘Purple4Polio’ campaign- fighting to eradicate Polio all over the world.

He has done a number of high profile public speaking engagements including the launch of the 2012 Olympic bid. He works extensively in the UK giving motivational speeches to schools, charities and businesses.

2016 was a busy year for Ade. He joined Anita Rani and Dan Snow for World’s Busiest City: New York- a 3 part series for BBC 2, providing an insight into the transport links, local delicacies and beautiful landscapes the Big Apple has to offer.

Coinciding with the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics, Ade also co-hosted The Superhuman’s Show alongside Alex Brooker. He ended the year with a bang, co-hosting Children in Need for the first time alongside Graham Norton. A successful show that raised record-breaking funds of £46.6 million!

Ade is spending more time overseas throughout 2017, creating more exciting content for Unreported World and 2 brand new BBC series. We can’t wait to see what he’s been up to!


For more information contact: Jonny Wilkinson on 0207 428 8400/

Title RoleDetailsChannel
Invictus Games 2017 Co-Presenter Providing live coverage from Toronto. An adaptive multi-sport event, created by Prince Harry, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports.BBC 1
Word's Busiest Cities

Co-Presenter Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Ade Adepitan go behind the scenes to reveal the hidden systems and armies of people running some of the greatest cities on earth.BBC 2
Children In Need

November 2016
Co-Presenter Ade co-hosts the show alongside Graham Norton. Guiding viewers through a night of dazzling entertainment to raise millions of pounds for BBC Children in Need.BBC One
Unreported World

2013- Present
ReporterForeign affairs series offering an insight into the lives of people in some of the most neglected parts of the worldQuicksilver Media for Channel 4
The Travel Show

2014 - Present
PresenterOngoing travel show in which Ade explores the globe to discover unique destinations BBC Inhouse for BBC World News
The Superhumans Show

February 2016- Present
PresenterMagazine show covering all things Paralympics, hosted by Alex Brooker, featuring all the latest news from qualifying events, and profiles of the established and emerging talent.Princess Productions for Channel 4.
The Rio Paralympics

September 2016
Co-presenter Ade co-hosts coverage for the 2016 Paralympics, live from Rio de JaneiroSunset and Vine for Channel 4
New York: America's Busiest City

August- September 2016
Presenter Anita Rani, Ade Adepitan, Ant Anstead and Dan Snow are in New York to reveal the astonishing daily systems that allow America's biggest and busiest city to function day and night.BBC Studios for BBC Two
The Invictus Games

May 2016
Presenter Highlights from the Invictus Games 2016 in Orlando, Florida. BBC One
Channel 4 Anniversary Games

July 2015
PresenterAde Adepitan and Jonathan Edwards present live and exclusive coverage of the Sainsbury's Olympic Games as top Olympic athletes compete in the heart of LondonSunset & Vine for Channel 4
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip

July 2015
ParticipantTwo antique dealers compete against each other with the help of two celebritiesSTV for BBC2
Radio 4's Saturday Live

Nov 2015
Guest speakerAde along with Aasmah Mir and Rev Richard Coles discuss topical issuesBBC Radio4
The Apprentice You're Fired

Nov 2015
GuestStarring Dara O'Brien, Rachel Lowe, Tiff Stevenson

Newly fired Apprentice candidate gets a grilling from the guests
Boundless Productions for BBC2
Barclaycard Mercury PrizeGuest judgeStarring Alice Levine, Jen Long and Shaun Keavney

Pre awards show where Ade and Guests discuss this year's nominees
The One Show

ReporterAde presents various VT's exploring different topical issues across the UKBBC Inhouse for BBC1
Songs of Praise PresenterAde meets a family of persecuted Christians who have fled Syria to take refuge in BritainBBC One
IPC Athletics European PresenterAde fronts daily live coverage of the games from SwanseaMore4
The One Show

July 2014
PresenterAde fronts coverage of the commonwealth Games in GlasgowBBC One
Secrets of the Police:
Channel 4 Dispatches
ReporterInvestigation on police racismOctober Films for C4
Sochi Winter Paralympic Games
PresenterAde presents the Sochi Winter Paralympic Games 2014Sunset & Vine for More4
The Travel Show
PresenterOngoing program in which Ade explores the globe to discover unique destinationsBBC World News
The World: The Secret Life of Your Clothes
ReporterAde travels to Ghana to discover what happens to our clothes when donated to charityFirecrest Films for BBC One
Ade Adepitan: Journey of my Lifetime 1x60' May 2013PresenterAde explores the extent of the eye opening polio epidemic in his birth country, NigeriaRonachan Films for C4
1x 30' March 2013
PresenterInvestigating the proposed government cuts to the Disability Living Allowance (DLA)Hardcash Productions for
Desert Island Discs
1x45' September 2012
GuestAde guested on the iconic long running radio series. The programme featured him speaking about his life and choosing his essential desert island castaway tracksBBC Radio 4
Paralympic Coverage
Summer 2012
PresenterDaily live prime time coverage of Channel 4's Paralympic programming, with Clare Balding.Sunset & Vine for C4
The One Show
Summer 2012
ReporterAde fronted coverage in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, through a series of films and studio appearancesBBC
The Paralympic Show
4x seres 30' 2010-2012
PresenterMagazine style show bringing viewers the latest on in paralympic sports. The show features celebrity guests, games and features paralympic athletesBoom for C4
Dancing on Wheels
5x60' February 2010
JudgeAble-bodied celebrities were teamed up with wheelchair users to dance and compete against other pairs for the chance to represent the UK in the European ChampionshipsFever Media for BBC3
British Basketball- Game on 4x60' August 2010Co-presenter & commentatorSeries following the GB men's and women's basketball teams in the qualifying stage of EuroBasket 2011Fast Track for C4
Beijing Paralympics 2008 CommentatorCommentated the wheelchair basketball for the duration of the Paralympic eventBBC
Beyond Boundaries
4x 60' October 2005
Participant 11 people with physical disabilities trekked a treacherous 220 mile route through Nicaragua. The series follows their journey across deserts, rain forests and mountains - all under the guidance of ex-SAS Major Ken HamesDiverse TV for BBC Two
Weekly 15' 2005-2006
PresenterSports focused magazine show aimed at children (spin-off from Newsround). Features included interviews with high profile sports stars, challenges for the presenters, and a roundup of sports news.BBC One
Weekly x 30' 2001-2003
ReporterAde regularly reported from tourist destinations around the world for HolidayBBC One
Dream Ticket
Weekly x 30' 2001-2002
PresenterTravel Programme, in which Ade found himself exploring Jamaica and diving in the SeychellesLWT for ITV

Daily x 60' 2000-2005
PresenterWeekly magazine programme for children, with competitions, celebrity guests, music performances and comedy sketches.BBC One
Tiger Tiger
Weekly x 30' 1999
PresenterKids' wildlife show which highlighted endangered species from all over the globe, and the projects in place to try and save themTwo Hand Productions for Channel 5