BT Sport lands BDO World Darts Championship rights

BT Sport is to screen live darts for the first time after signing a deal to broadcast the 2015 BDO World Professional Darts Championship live from the Lakeside Country Club.

The broadcaster will be at the famous Surrey venue to show the global elite from the BDO circuit take to the oche over the prestigious nine-day event, with over 35 hours of live coverage from January 3-11.

BT Sport will share live coverage of the BDO’s premier event with the BBC, who have covered the tournament every year since its inception in 1978, with the corporation holding a deal to cover the event until 2016.

The deal for the 2015 BDO World Championship will be similar to the arrangement for the 2012 and 2013 tournaments, when the BBC shared coverage with ESPN.

BT Sport will screen exclusively live coverage of each evening session throughout the tournament, while the BBC has live action from the afternoon sessions over the opening weekend, as well the Monday and Tuesday afternoon sessions, plus the first semi-final and the women’s final.

Both broadcasters will screen live coverage of the men’s final on Sunday, January 11, while daytime and late-night highlights will continue to be shown during the week on BBC Two.

This year’s BDO World Championship sees 40 men and 16 women once again compete for glory at the iconic Lakeside Country Club.

Darts fans will be able to tune in to watch their heroes, including three times winner Martin Adams, three times runner-up Tony O’Shea and 2013 winner Scott Waites battle it out to be named BDO world champion.

BT Sport’s coverage from Lakeside will be presented by former BBC and ESPN darts front-man Ray Stubbs, with Helen Skelton reporting on all the action throughout the nine days of darting entertainment.

As under the previous BBC/ESPN arrangement, both broadcasters will take the same coverage and commentary feed, led by veteran darts broadcaster Tony Green, alongside Vassos Alexander and other special guests.

Commenting on BT Sport’s first foray into televised darts, Simon Green, head of BT Sport said: “We are delighted to be showing the BDO World Darts Championships, adding to the fantastic live sport and shows we have on our channels.

“We pride ourselves on offering a wide range of sport including top-flight football, first class rugby, motorsport, American sport and much more.”