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Channel 5 has won the broadcast rights for The Football League from the BBC, it has been confirmed.

Channel 5 and ITN productions have inked a three-year deal to show highlights from the Sky Bet Championship, League One, League Two, the Capital One Cup and Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

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Unlike the BBC, Channel 5 will place the highlights show in a primetime slot. The 90-minute programme will start at 9pm on Saturday nights from August.

It will include coverage of every match from The Football League.

"This is an exceptional opportunity for The Football League to work with a broadcaster who will schedule our matches in a primetime slot," said The Football League's chief executive Shaun Harvey.

"It will take our games to a wider, younger audience by giving us the chance to be first in front of fans on a Saturday night."

The primetime slot is now possible because ADI's high-speed fibre optic network has been expanded to deliver HD footage of each match to an operations centre in Preston before transmission.

Viacom president David Lynn added: "We are extremely happy to be welcoming back top quality football to such a prominent slot on Channel 5.

"The Football League is one of the toughest and most attractive club competitions in world football, and we're convinced this highlights package will prove highly popular with a mainstream audience at the heart of our Saturday evening schedule."

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