The Welsh Liberal Democrats are celebrating the news that the Six Nations rugby tournament will remain on free TV following a rights deal struck with the BBC and ITV.
Under the deal, both broadcasters will alternate live coverage of the 15 matches, with the other channel broadcasting highlights.
Welsh Lib Dems led a campaign against threats to move the tournament to a pay TV deal, with nearly 5,500 rugby fans signing the party’s petition and supporting the cause.
Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:
“I’m delighted that we’ve helped persuade the Six Nations bosses that our rugby needs to stay on free TV. That family tradition of sitting down and watching the rugby together that many of us hold dear looks to be no longer under threat.
“Thousands of people joined with us in opposing any move to a pay TV deal because they know just how important this tournament is to our nation’s culture. The next step is to make sure this threat never happens again, by adding the Six Nations to the ‘crown jewels’ and guarantee in law that it will remain free-to-air.”