Fledgling free-to-air sports channel Front Runner has announced that it will broadcast live coverage of the England Open darts festival over the weekend of 17-18 June.
The flagship international event on the England Darts Organisation’s calendar, the 2017 edition will feature many of the top names within the ranks of BDO darts competing for the coveted titles.
The English National Championships and the 10th England Open will be broadcast live on Saturday, 17 June and Sunday, 18 June, on Freeview channel 91, Freesat 250, Sky 469 and Talk Talk/BT 91.
On Saturday, Front Runner will air the National Singles Men’s and Ladies Finals from 4.30pm, and the main show will start on Sunday at 3pm with six hours of darts from The Men’s, Ladies and Youth stage finals.
The action will take place at the Bunn Leisure Holiday Centre in Selsey, near Bognor Regis, in West Sussex, a venue which has become famous through hosting this popular annual event.
Players competing in the men’s tournaments include reigning BDO world champion Glen Durrant, who will return to defend the titles he won last year, along with familiar names such as Gary Robson, Wesley Harms and Ross Montgomery.
Deta Hedman leads a strong women’s line-up, as she bids to retain both her Open and National Singles Titles from last year, while also in the field will be multiple world champions Anastasia Dobromyslova, Trina Gulliver, Lisa Ashton.
Commenting on Front Runner’s live coverage of its flagship event, Tommy Thompson, chairman of the England Darts Organisation, said:
“The England Darts Organisation is thrilled that Front Runner is transmitting our flagship event which celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend.”
“We hope this strengthens our current and future collaboration with the channel, which also broadcast The Isle of Man Open and British Internationals live from their respective venues earlier this year.”
Ross Ravago, Head of Advertising & Sponsorship at Information TV – Front Runner Sports, added:
“We’re really pleased to be offering another weekend of live international darts on Front Runner. Be sure to tune in from 4.30pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday for all the action at the the English National Championships and England Open.”
Launched in 2016, Front Runner is available in 19 million homes across the UK on Freeview channel 91, Freesat 250, Sky 469, and Talk Talk/BT 91.