Reacting to reports that the Six Nations rugby tournament could be shown from pay-to-view television channels in the future, Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:
“It’s absolutely vital that the Six Nations stays on free-to-view TV. Rugby is already quite an expensive sport to follow, with ticket prices for big games out of reach for many supporters. If we take away their opportunity to watch some of the biggest rugby matches of the year for free, interest in rugby could wane and a generation of new players could never be inspired to join in the sport.
“Pride in our national rugby team extends far wider than die-hard rugby fans; people across Wales join in at Six Nations time and dream of another Grand Slam. If the tournament moves to pay-only TV, that magic could well be lost.”
Kirsty Williams is writing to John Feehan, Chief Executive of the Six Nations tournament, imploring on him to choose a rights deal with a free-to-air channel.