The British Darts Organisation (BDO) has unveiled Eurosport as its primary broadcast partner, in time for its upcoming Lakeside competition.
BDO has confirmed it has agreed to an extensive three-year partnership with Discovery Inc’s Eurosport channel, which has previously broadcast BDO syndicated competitions.
Today’s announcement sees the BDO end concerns that the governing body would not have a TV partner to broadcast its showcase ‘BDO 2019 World Darts Championship at Lakeside.
Further to the announcement, BDO has agreed with Eurosport to broadcast free-to-air coverage of its upcoming World Darts Championship on its sister channel Quest TV (Freeview channel 57).
Backing Eurosport as new primary broadcast partner, BDO Chairman Des Jacklin commented: “Even with the tight time constraints and the on-going pressure to announce details of the upcoming BDO World Professional Darts Championships, both myself and my team weren’t looking for a quick fix. We have been committed to securing this long-term broadcasting contract so we can focus our attention on further improving the BDO for the players and supporters alike. “
“Eurosport has for many years been a great broadcast partner and supporter of the BDO. It is fantastic to see them get the opportunity to show the BDO World Professional Darts Championships in the UK for the first time and to give us a 9 event 3-year commitment to the UK, Netherlands and Australia”