Commenting on Thursday’s announcement that the Six Nations will remain on free-to-air television through a join broadcasting deal with the BBC/ITV, South Wales Central AM, Andrew RT Davies said:
“This announcement is most welcome and is great news for fans of the Six Nations that the championship will be staying on free-to-air television.
“Whilst the money in professional cricket – at a national level – has grown since they moved to Satellite television, the latest participation figures show that the number of young people taking up the sport is in decline.
“In Wales, we all know that the Six Nations is a huge TV event and not being able to watch it as the action takes place would be a hammer blow for thousands. I’m therefore delighted with the initiative shown by the two broadcasters which will ensure Welsh fans will be able to continue to watch the game they love without having to pay for the pleasure.”
The BBC and ITV will share the rights to broadcast rugby union's Six Nations Championship for the next six years. Wales, Scotland and France home matches will be on the BBC, while ITV will show England, Ireland and Italy home games.