The EFL has confirmed that Quest TV will replace Channel 5 as the broadcaster of free-to-air EFL highlights.
The change will see Quest TV, which is owned by the Discovery Group, take over the highlights of the 3 EFL leagues, plus the Carabao Cup and Checkatrade Trophy.
Under the agreement, the broadcaster will continue showing a 90 minutes highlights package at 9pm on Saturdays. They also confirmed that Colin Murray will continue presenting, as was the case in the 2017-18 season.
EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said, “As our new official highlights partner, we’re looking forward to working with Quest over the next four years. This new partnership will provide excellent coverage of EFL football for supporters of our Clubs on a free-to-air platform at a primetime slot of 9pm on a Saturday evening.
“Quest is the largest channel in the Discovery portfolio with over 12 million people tuning in each month and alongside the rights based programming, they will utilise their existing and emerging digital platforms to enhance the experience for fans to help tell the EFL story as the new season starts to unfold.”
As well as the TV highlights package, Quest will also produce a new weekly interactive Facebook series called “The Reaction”, which will also be presented by Colin Murray. The series is intended to offer the opportunity for supporters to voice their views and opinions following the conclusion of the day’s matches.
Simon Downing, Head of Quest & Eurosport UK, said, “We are proud to be partnering with the EFL to bring match highlights to millions of fans across the UK.
“It’s our shared ambition to make coverage of these competitions accessible to as many people as possible, across all consumer platforms. We aim to deliver a high-quality free-to-air highlights show that is accessible, catering for all football fans and leveraging the reach of digital platforms to engage more people with the EFL, its clubs and competitions.”
The broadcast had switched from the BBC to Channel 5 in 2015, but saw a decline in ratings. Rumours that Quest TV were replacing Channel 5 had begun circulating in February.