The Football League's television highlights package is on the move once again. Having had a lengthy stay on the BBC, the weekend highlights were switched to Channel 5 in the summer of 2015, but after three years they are now to be hosted by the rather obscure Quest channel.
Quest is a free-to-air channel owned by the Discovery Group, more known for nature-based documentary programmes. The channel is available across Freeview, Freesat, Sky, Virgin Media and BT TV but of course this means for the first time your traditional house aerial will not be able to pick up their coverage - you'll need one of the above boxes or satellite dishes to view the programme.
The plans are for them to cover all of the League's competitions, including the League Cup and Football League Trophy. The main part of their coverage will replicate Channel 5's format with a 90 minute programme starting at 9.00p.m. on Saturday nights, hosted by Colin Murray. They also plan to broadcast ten midweek highlights shows corresponding to the designated midweek slots in the fixture lists, whilst there will be eight midweek shows dedicated to the two cup competition rounds.
Quest have signed a four year agreement with the Football League starting with the 2018-19 season. There will also be a Facebook-based interative series produced called The Reaction, where they promise fan-based engagement, presumably similar to that used by BT Sport on some of their football programmes where fans post their own video-based views on key games.
If you've never tuned into the Quest channel before, you'll find it on Freeview – 37, Sky – 144, Virgin – 172, Freesat – 167.
Comment on this News Item on Facebook
or Go back to Top of Page