Lynsey Hipgrave to co-host Channel 5 EFL highlights

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Channel 5 has announced that Lynsey Hipgrave will be the new co-presenter on its Saturday night English Football League highlights show for the 2016/17 season.

Hipgrave, who is a regular football presenter and reporter on BT Sport’s coverage of FA Cup and European football, takes over from Kelly Cates as co-host on the programme with George Riley for the new season which kicks off on Saturday, August 6.

She will continue to be part of BT Sport’s on-screen team for the forthcoming season, but she will step down from her role on Danny Baker’s popular Radio 5 Live show Saturday morning, for which she was his regular co-presenter for the last six years.

Channel 5, which is into the second of its three-year deal covering the English Football League after taking over the free-to-air rights from the BBC, has confirmed that its highlights show, produced by Sunset+Vine, will retain its prime-time 9.00pm slot, with a repeat to follow on Sunday mornings.

The show will also have a new name – Football on 5 – following the major re-branding of the Football League from this season, which will now be known as the English Football League (EFL). 

Football on 5 will kick off each week with its one-hour Championship round-up starting at 9.00pm, followed by Goal Rush from 10.00pm to 10.30pm, which features the best of the action from League 1 and League 2.

Commenting on her new Channel 5 role via the EFL website, Hipgrave said: “I’m delighted to be offered this opportunity.

“The Sky Bet Championship in particular is going to be more exciting than ever, with Newcastle United and Aston Villa competing with the likes of Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday, Forest, Derby and Wolves.

“They’re big clubs, with big crowds and some big name managers.

“I love the lower leagues, too. They always provide great goals and the occasional quirky moment.

“I’m looking forward to bringing all that to a terrestrial audience.”

Mark Sharman, executive producer for Channel 5’s sports coverage, said: “Lynsey has been a genuine football supporter all her life.

“She brings a depth of knowledge as well as a warm presenting style and we are delighted to welcome her to the team.”

Alongside its regular Saturday night EFL highlights, Channel 5 will also continue to broadcast free-to-air highlights from every round of the EFL Cup, which kicks off with the first round on August 8-9.

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