Starting this August, 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.
It’s part of a new two year highlights deal announced today.
Full highlights will continue to be shown on Saturday at 9pm, but on ITV4. A repeat of the action will be shown on the main ITV channel later in the evening.
A further chance to catch-up on the highlights will be offered on Sunday morning.
Highlights of midweek fixtures, where a full round has taken place, will also be broadcast on ITV and ITV Hub.
Additional highlights coverage
ITV will also present extensive coverage of Sky Bet Play-Off semi-finals and finals. There will be 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.
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 switch to ITV ends a four year stint on the Discovery owned Quest channel. Quest took over EFL highlights back in August 2018, replacing Channel 5. To mark the occasion, Quest launched a high definition service across multiple platforms.