World Snooker’s Shoot-Out tournament will be televised by ITV Sport for the next three years.
The one-frame knockout event, which was first staged in 2011, is among the most exciting events on the global snooker calendar, with high drama ensured by a shot clock and matches lasting a maximum of ten minutes.
After five years of live coverage on Sky Sports, from 2016 onwards, the Shoot-Out will be shown on free-to-air television for the first time, thanks to a new three-year deal between World Snooker and ITV.
Next year’s event will run from February 12-14, with 64 of the world’s best players battling it out for the £32,000 top prize.
Michael White lifted the trophy last season after beating Xiao Guodong by potting four balls in the last 40 seconds of an incredible final.
The Shoot-Out adds to ITV’s existing snooker portfolio, which includes the Champion of Champions and World Grand Prix tournaments, while the new deal ends Sky’s last remaining ties with the sport.
Commenting on the new terrestrial TV deal, Barry Hearn, World Snooker chairman, said: “We are delighted to bring the Shoot-Out to a free-to-air audience for the first time.
“It’s a fabulous event which has proved extremely popular for the fans in the arena and those at home.
“ITV4 have shown tremendous support for snooker in recent seasons, with live coverage of the Champion of Champions and World Grand Prix.
“They are clearly very happy with the viewing figures achieved as they continue to build their portfolio of snooker events with the Shoot-Out.
“It’s great news for fans that coverage on ITV4 is ensured for the next three years and we look forward to another weekend of sensational snooker in February.”
Venue and ticket details for the tournament will be announced in due course.