12 months ago the English cricket board awarded Sky the rights to show the Ashes in 2006. If an Englishman wants to watch his national team defend their great achievement of last year, he must now pay for Sky Sports or catch glimpses of the match on the BBC's highlights program. However the licence fee does go towards what seems to be an endless stream of reality TV shows. This Sunday's Grandstand did show live International Rugby Union, but how long is it going to be before that goes to Sky also? The other sport shown on this weeks Grandstand was Trampolining, is this what we have to look forward to after paying our licence fee?Failure to pay for a TV licence is a criminal offence and you can receive a fine up to £1,000 or be sent to jail. Even if you never watch the BBC, you must still pay the licence fee. Being sent to jail may not be such a bad thing as you can sue the government for not allowing you to take Heroin while watching the Ashes on your Sky TV.
Q. If you pay for a British TV licence, do you expect to be able to view British international sport?
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