TV highlights from the Championship, Leagues One and Two and other EFL competitions are to move from Quest to ITV from next season.
ITV have agreed a two-season deal for the highlights rights and are promising to show them at 9pm on ITV 4 every Saturday (the same slot currently used by Quest) with repeats on the main ITV channel later that night and on Sunday mornings.
The rights also cover the Carabao Cup and Papa John’s Trophy.
Colin Murray currently hosts the Quest highlights which will continue until the end of the season. ITV haven’t confirmed who will be presenting their coverage or who will be in their line-up of pundits.
While Quest’s coverage has been praised, ITV’s bigger reach is likely to give the EFL competitions a much larger audience.
ITV’S DEAL FOR EFL HIGHLIGHTS IN FULL
– Championship, League One and League Two highlights programme at 9pm on Saturday nights on ITV 4 with a repeat on the main ITV channel later in the evening and again on Sunday mornings.
– Midweek highlights when full fixture round takes place on ITV.
– Extensive coverage of the play-off semi-finals and finals.
– Highlights shows from each round of the Carabao Cup and the semi-finals and final.
– A one-hour highlights show on ITV 4 from the Papa John’s Trophy Final.
– all shows will also be available on the ITV Hub to stream for 30 days following first transmission.
TV games for the remainder of the Premier League season – apart from the final day – have been confirmed.
The final day’s selections – for Sunday May 22 – will be confirmed once all teams have completed their 37th match. All games on the final day kick-off together at 4pm. It’s thought Sky will show up to three matches on the final day with BT Sport’s final match of the season the week before.
The penultimate weekend’s matches have been moved to Sunday May 15 to avoid a clash with the FA Cup Final which is the previous day. Some Sunday games could be shuffled into midweek should the teams be involved in the Cup Final.