BBC hits the target with darts extension

UK public-service broadcaster the BBC has extended a rights deal for the British Darts Organisation’s (BDO) World Championships.


The extension will run for three years, from 2014 to 2016.


The BBC, which struck the deal directly with the BDO governing body, is currently showing this year’s championships as part of a five-year agreement, from 2009 to 2013.


“The World Darts Championships are an important part of our sports rights portfolio,” BBC director of sport Barbara Slater said. “We look forward to bringing our audiences this great tournament through to 2016.”


The BBC has broadcast every edition of the tournament since 1978.