The PokerStars Isle of Man International Darts Festival is to be broadcast live on television next month.
The festival will take place in the Villa Marina Royal Hall between March 9-12 and the final two afternoons will be aired on the UK’s only free-to-view sports channel, Front Runner, in a TV deal with the England Darts Organisation.
Tommy Thompson, chairman of the EDO, said: ’We are delighted to have signed this deal with Front Runner and to get live television exposure for the Isle of Man International Darts Festival.
’More so on a dedicated free to air sports channel is really exciting for all of us and we know the players and supporters of BDO darts will be thrilled with this fabulous news.’
Ryan Scarratt from Front Runner also commented: ’This is another exciting milestone for Front Runner: it’s a privilege to be responsible for televising the first live darts broadcast from the Isle of Man.’
The event will be available in 19 million homes across the UK and Northern Ireland. The station is broadcast on a number of platforms: Sky channel 468, FreeSat ch250, Freeview ch91 and Talk Talk/BT Ch91.
Rob Callister MHK from the Department of Economic Development, said: ’Having live TV from the Villa Marina Royal Hall means we can now share the exciting atmosphere of the stage finals of the IoM International Darts Festival with darts fans far and wide.’
There is free entry to the Villa for spectators including the Royal Hall stage finals on Sunday, March 12 where darts fans can take in the party atmosphere
For more details on the schedule and how to enter visit www.isleofmandartsfestival.com