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EFL confirm new channel for weekly highlights show next season

EFL have confirm a new channel for their weekly highlights show from next season – with it currently aired on QuestTV since 2018.

It’s goodbye to Quest for highlights next season with the EFL announcing a new deal with ITV.

Similar format with every goal from every game. Will be at 9pm on ITV4 on Saturdays, plus midweek shows.

 

EFL STATEMENT:

ITV will show highlights of the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One, Sky Bet League Two, Carabao Cup and the Papa John’s Trophy from the 2022/23 season after the broadcaster entered into a two-season partnership with the EFL.

A comprehensive round-up of all the day’s action from across the EFL will be screened in the primetime slot on Saturday at 9pm on ITV4, with a repeat being shown on ITV [main channel] later in the evening.

And for those who want to catch up on all the highlights on Sunday mornings, viewers will be able to watch again on ITV.

Highlights of midweek fixtures, where a full round has taken place, will also be broadcast on ITV and ITV Hub, covering Sky Bet EFL matches.

Each show will feature every goal from every EFL fixture plus detailed analysis from a panel of expert pundits.

ITV will also present extensive coverage of Sky Bet Play-Off semi-finals and finals as well as a highlights programme for each of the Rounds of the Carabao Cup and the two-legged semi-finals and final.

A one-hour programme of highlights from the Papa John’s Trophy Final will be shown on ITV4 on the day of the final.

Each highlights programme will be available in full, on a catch-up basis on ITV Hub during the period of 30 days following its first transmission.

EFL Chief Executive Trevor Birch said: “With 1891 matches played across the season, it’s crucial for the EFL that the very best of our match action is widely accessible and we are delighted that ITV will show highlights of our games for the next two years.

“As an experienced major broadcaster with a comprehensive sports portfolio, ITV’s commitment to high quality coverage will showcase the breadth and depth of our competitions to football supporters all over the country.”

Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “This deal brings viewers free to air coverage of one of the most unpredictable divisions we have in the Sky Bet Championship, the best of the action from Sky Bet League One and League Two alongside the exciting midweek competitions in the Carabao Cup and the Papa John’s Trophy.  By offering highlights across our platforms, via our channels and on demand on ITV Hub, we hope football fans will enjoy our EFL shows from next season.” 

The deal further enhances ITV’s portfolio of world-class sports rights, which includes exclusive live coverage of the England men’s and England women’s football team, the FA Cup, the Six Nations, the Rugby World Cup, Premiership Rugby, horse racing and the Tour de France.

Twitter users reacted as the EFL confirm a new channel for their weekly highlights show next season…

@HigginsAlan: @QuestTV and @ColinMurray did a brilliant job and gave it the respect it deserves with a two hour show I hope itv do at least the same.

@Milo_Corrigan11: No please! itv have too many ad breaks in their Sports shows & Quest had better pundits aswell

@prestonian1979: Hoping you keep @ColinMurray he’s done a great job on @QuestTV

@jm_bell95: Okay, now give someone like ITV or Quest the rights to League’s One and Two so that the clubs who need TV revenue can get adequate income

@isalouald: Well I hope you keep the time and format of quest including @ColinMurray

@SamPenman88: Sign @ColinMurray please @ITV. He’s articulate and knowledgeable about the product his work on quest has been superb.

@UTP1908: Quest was brilliant, shame to see it change, hope it’s still as good

@staytrue1985: Quest have set a very high bar, so ITV need to make sure they hit the ground running with this.

@J0HN0_O: “and before we get to the League one highlights, how would you like to win £60,000, a new car, an all Inclusive holiday in the Maldives AND tickets to Rochdale v Tranmere. To enter text the word TINPOT to 83536”

@lcollinshayes: I’m happy with this decision. As a Deaf person, Quest did not providing the subtitles on their TV to show highlights of all EFL games so ITV will able to provide the subtitles, that is accessibility and allow for deaf people to watch it.

@GeorgeHogg93: I’m not too sure about that. @QuestTV have done a terrific job these past 4 years, but I don’t like the sound of ITV picking up the rights; weren’t they responsible for the collapse of ITV Digital 20 years ago? I remember Bradford nearly going out of business because of it.

@ashboswell: No. Sod off please. The quality and analysis on Quest is top notch with the added bonus that @ColinMurray actually gives a toss about the “lower leagues”

@MattSummerhill: Not sure what I think about this. To be honest, I think @QuestTV have done a good job and having someone like @ColinMurray presenting who knows their stuff and is genuinely passionate about life outside the PL instead of patronising is important. Devil will be in the detail

@JoshHarding123: Get @ColinMurray on presenting and pundits who watch mainly EFL football unlike some of these idiots on sky and talkSPORT and your onto a winner

@TwyfordRoyal: @ITV will fuck this up big style. They’ll over complicate it and will care more about diversity box ticking than the actual output. Adverts after every game and will probably have an audience wearing their replica shirts in attendance

@Simon1927: Beautiful day as the theme is a must surely?!

@skagtrendy91: Big day for ITV4, sad day for fans of shite films

@Barton9647: How about some fucking games for League One, Two and Trophy matches? Teams lower down could do with TV cash seems though all you care about is the Championship

@Deep_Blue_Me: I would welcome this if it was anyone other than ITV who have proved time and again how utterly useless they are with football coverage. At the very least please make sure the ever excellent @ColinMurray gets the gig after his sterling work on Quest

@PerryL_Nicholls: This just screams Beautiful Day by U2, presented by Matt Smith, and #ColU beating Ipswich 1-0 on a Friday night in September 2006 in the featured game.

@ReissNFFC: Bring back Beautiful Day theme tune

@adamavfc__: alexa, play beautiful day by U2

@johnrowleywba: Thought quest do a decent job and Colin Murray showed a keen enthusiasm for the role and well being of EFL clubs and supporters ! Judging by ITV coverage normally it will be a very poor presentation now! Poor presenters and analysts!

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