Local MP Chris Elmore has joined a group of his Welsh Labour colleagues in calling on the UK Government to ensure the Six Nations rugby tournament remains on free-to-view TV channels.
The group believe viewing figures could “crash” if the matches are aired via digital subscription services in the future. From 2021, a share of the rights to the tournament is set to be held by CVC Capital Partners and is likely to be packaged in with autumn internationals and summer tours and be at least partially behind a paywall.
Chris Elmore said:
“Rugby is the lifeblood of many of our communities, whether that be on the pitch, in our local pubs, or in living rooms across the country. We must ensure that everyone across our country retains the right to watch Wales in this annual highlight on the sporting calendar.
“The UK Government must do more to prevent our national sports being hidden further and further behind paywalls. We know who this hurts most: those communities who are worse off.
“After a decade of cruel Tory cuts, the least people can expect is to be able to watch their national team in the Six Nations for free.”
UK Government Ministers are yet to reply.