THE Welsh Liberal Democrats have called for the Six Nations to remain on free-to-air TV as speculation mounts Sky TV will win the rights to show the tournament beyond 2021.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds has appealed to the UK Government to add the Six Nations to it’s ‘A list’ of sporting events that must be available live on free-to-air TV.

Rules stipulate that the BBC and ITV are unable to jointly bid for the rights, which is how they hold the current rights.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds said:

“The Six Nations is an integral part of Welsh culture and Welsh sporting life. It captivates millions across Wales for weeks and inspires countless people to get into rugby.

“It would be devastating to rugby in Wales if the Six Nations were to be moved to pay TV. We’re calling on Six Nations organisers to ensure the tournament remains free to watch and for the rules to be relaxed so BBC and ITV can once again jointly bid for the right to broadcast it.

“It is high time the UK Government did the right thing and put an end to this reoccurring issue by adding the Six Nations to the list of sporting events that must always be free-to-watch live. This is the only way to truly settle the matter and ensure we protect the important place the tournament holds in people’s hearts.”

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