Tavish Scott MSP today welcomed reports that the Six Nations rugby tournament is set to remain on free TV following a rights deal being agreed with the BBC and ITV.
Mr Scott had previously written to the Six Nations Committee, urging the tournament's governing body to keep games free to air when the current BBC deal expires in 2018.
It is reported that both broadcasters will alternate live coverage of the 15 matches, with the other channel broadcasting highlights.
Commenting, Mr Scott said:
"If confirmed, this is excellent news that will come as a relief to Scotland fans across the country. Generations of internationalists grew up listening to Bill McLaren on the BBC. The decision to keep this historic tournament free to air will mean that the next Richie Gray or Stuart Hogg will have the chance to see their heroes running out at Murrayfield without their parents having to fork out for pay TV.
“The next step is getting the Northern Hemisphere’s flagship tournament added to the broadcasting ‘crown jewels’ to ensure that we guarantee in law that games will remain free to air.”