Sky Sports is bringing back its dedicated darts channel, following a successful debut during the William Hill World Darts Championship a year ago.
Launching on Monday the 14th December, Sky Sports Darts will give fans 23 days of non-stop tungsten action from Alexandra Palace. The 2015 World Championship saw over four million viewers tune in throughout the tournament, Sky Sports Darts will again follow every round live as the best players in the world compete for the Sid Waddell Trophy.
Last year 1.7m viewers tuned in for the final that saw Gary Anderson triumph over Phil Taylor, edging a classic match 7-6, while viewing across the tournament increased by 25% on the previous year.
“Last year saw more viewers than ever before tune into the World Championship, and creating Sky Sports Darts was hugely popular. It’s a firm favourite at Christmas and we look forward to giving it the full Sky Sports treatment over the festive period. Fans won’t miss an arrow of the action with every leg live, plus some in depth features and classic past encounters making our dedicated channel must see festive TV.” – Rory Hopkins, Sky Sports executive producer for darts
Fans will also be treated to in depth features, documentaries and memorable match ups from the past that have made the World Championship one of the biggest events in sport. The channel will replace Sky Sports F1 from 6am on the 14th of December through to the 5th of January 2016. All live sessions will also be simulcast on Sky Sports 1, 2 or 3.
“I can’t wait to get back to Ally Pally and compete to regain the title. The atmosphere is always electric and Sky Sports Darts means that everyone at home will get a real sense of the occasion. The competition will be tougher than ever this year and I’m expecting some incredible matches. What better way to spend the festive season.” – Michael van Gerwen, PDC world number one and the 2014 World Champion
Live coverage of the 2016 William Hill World Darts Championship will be presented by Dave Clark who will be joined in the studio by three-time World Champion John Part, Wayne Mardle and former World Champions Eric Bristow and Rod Harrington.