Sky Sports is set to celebrate 25 years of broadcasting the World Darts Championship with a dedicated darts channel, and brand new programming.
Isleworth, United Kingdom, 30-Nov-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — From 14 December to 3 January, Sky Sports Arena will become Sky Sports Darts HD, showcasing 21 days of non-stop darts programming, including every lunchtime and evening session exclusively live from Alexandra Palace.
This year’s tournament will also mark another momentous moment in the game, as 16-time world champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor plays in his final PDC World Championship. Having dominated the tournament for so long, he will be looking to bow out in style.
To mark the occasion, Sky Sports Darts will screen an hour-long, exclusive documentary, ‘Phil Taylor the Greatest’. In his own words, Phil tells his inspiring life story, from humble beginnings and being told at the age of 10 he would become the greatest darts player ever, to the present day and fulfilling that prophecy.
Sky Sports Presenter Dave Clark said: “I can’t wait for the worlds to get started. I think this year’s tournament will be the biggest and best yet. ‘The Power’ will want to go out on a high but he’ll have the next class of world champions snapping at his heels. It’s going to make for addictive viewing.”
New programming will also include an exclusive interview with Mensur Sulijovic, the current World number 7, who fled the war in Serbia with his family before learning to play darts in Belgium.
Sky Sports first broadcast the PDC World Championships in 1993, when a 33-year-old Phil Taylor lost 6-1 to Dennis ‘The Menace’ Priestley and since then has played a huge part in the growth of the sport. Just as the crowds in the arena have grown, arm chair fans of the sport have seen on screen coverage transformed, with the introduction of the now legendary walk-ons, cutting edge slo-mo camera technology and expert analysis.
Fans can also look forward to the return of Sky Sports’ expert presentation team; Dave Clark, Laura Woods, Wayne Mardell, Keith Deller, Russ Bray and John Part.
Fans without a Sky subscription can follow all the action with daily, weekly or monthly sports passes from NOW TV.
Thursday 14 December 1900
Friday 15 December 1900
Saturday 16 December 1230
Saturday 16 December 1900
Sunday 17 December 1230
Sunday 17 December 1900
Monday 18 December 1900
Tuesday 19 December 1900
Wednesday 20 December 1900
Thursday 21 December 1900
Friday 22 December 1230
Friday 22 December 1900
Saturday 23 December 1230
Saturday 23 December 1900
Wednesday 27 December 1230
Wednesday 27 December 1900
Thursday 28 December 1230
Thursday 28 December 1900
Friday 29 December 1230
Friday 29 December 1900
Saturday 30 December 1900
Monday 1 January 1900
For more information
Sky Sports PR
020 7032 1445
Sky is Europe’s leading entertainment company, serving 22.5 million customers across seven countries – UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. The company has annual revenues of £12.9 billion and is Europe’s leading investor in television content with annual programming spend of over £6 billion.
From exclusive partnerships with HBO and Showtime, to Sky Original Productions, Sky offers the best and broadest range of content along with the best viewing experience to suit each and every customer. Whether that’s through the multi-award winning next generation box, Sky Q, or Sky’s contract-free online streaming service, NOW TV, customers have access to the latest movies, drama, sports and kids entertainment wherever and whenever they like. This is all supported by Sky’s best in class customer service.
Sky’s success is not just based on what the company does but how it does it. Named as one of the Top 10 Green Companies in the World by Newsweek, one of the world’s most recognised rankings of business’s environmental performance, Sky ensures its responsible business strategy is embedded right across the group.
Sky has over 31,000 employees and is listed as one of The Times Top 50 employers for women. Sky is listed on the London Stock Exchange (SKY).
SOURCE: Sky UK