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TV viewers will be able to watch the BDO World Professional Darts Championship live on BT Sport in January 2015.

The pay-TV provider will share coverage rights to the flagship tournament - to be staged, as ever, at the Lakeside Country Club in Surrey - with long-time broadcaster the BBC.

BDO fans can look forward to more than 35 hours of coverage between January 3rd and January 11th on BT Sport.

Martin 'Wolfie' Adams, Tony 'The Silverback' O’Shea and the 2013 winner Scott Waites are among the big names in the draw.

Reigning champion Stephen 'The Bullet' Bunting won't defend his title, since the Liverpudlian switched over to the Professional Darts Championship (PDC) at the start of the season.

But there will still be plenty of talent on show at the Lakeside oche, as 40 men and 16 women compete for the most prestigious title in the BDO game.

BT Sport 2 will show live darts each night throughout the tournament, with Ray Stubbs anchoring the coverage supported by reporter Helen Skelton.

Simon Green, Head of BT Sport, said: "We are delighted to be showing the BDO World Darts Championships, adding to the fantastic live sport and shows we have on our channels.

"We pride ourselves on offering a wide range of sport including top-flight football, first-class rugby, motorsport, American sport and much more."

In 2012 and 2013, the TV rights to the BDO World Professional Darts Championship were shared by the BBC and ESPN.

But when BT Sport acquired ESPN's UK and Ireland business in 2013, darts was dropped from the TV schedule.

A year on, BT Sport is stepping up to become a major darts broadcaster - no doubt eager to emulate the success enjoyed by rival broadcaster Sky Sports with its PDC coverage.

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