"I'm delighted and honoured to be joining the PDC board," said Francis. "Having worked closely with Barry Hearn, Matt Porter, and the team over many years, I know the PDC is in great shape.

"I look forward to helping darts adapt to an ever-changing sports and media landscape."

Francis joins Barry Hearn, Matt Porter, Eddie Hearn, Rod Harrington, Edward Lowy, Bob Scott, and Oli Slipper on the PDC's board of directors.

"Barney is a welcome addition to the PDC board of directors at an exciting time for our sport," said PDC chairman Barry Hearn.

"He brings a wealth of broadcasting and media experience from over 25 years involved in sport and has always been a great supporter of the PDC during his time at Sky Sports.

"We look forward to working with him in years to come as we shape the future of the PDC."