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Breaking News: BBC Loses Rights to 'Great British Bake Off' to Channel 4

The production company behind the hugely successful UK reality series The Great British Bake Off have revealed that the current seventh series of the show will be the last to air on public broadcaster BBC One. The statement released by the BBC and Love Productions can be found below;

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The show will be moving to fellow free-to-air network Channel 4 but is currently uncertain if presenters Mel & Sue or judges Paul Hollywood or Mary Berry will also make the move. Channel 4 are believed to begin airing a new celebrity series in 2017 in aid of their charity event Stand Up To Cancer. A statement has been released by their press office and can be found here.

The current series of the show had been heavily rumoured to be the last to air on the BBC. With ITV believed to become the home of the next series of the show. Interestingly enough, Love Productions is actually owned by subscription TV service Sky, so Sky 1 was also believed to be in talks to acquire the next series of the show. The eighth series of the civilian version of the show however won't be able to be broadcast by the channel until 2018, as the BBC's contract requires a 12 month cooling off period.

Written by TomSouthwell on Sep 12, 2016

Comments

robfoster posted 3 years ago

The BBC gave up on the show because the current contract was coming to an end and they refused to pay the increase demanded by Love Productions to keep the series at the BBC. Given the simple format of the show, it shouldn't be too hard for BBC Productions to come up with a program in a similar format in-house, using the stars of GBBO who have stayed with the BBC.

The show is basically 'The Apprentice' with ovens anyway, isn't it? Surely, a few tweaks here and there and they should come up with something sufficiently different to keep them out of court.

Aidan posted 3 years ago

Sounds like the producers got both more money and guarantees on a number of new series that the BBC couldn't match.

lilangeldee posted 3 years ago

The fact that this show is on BBC is what made me like it. I hate adverts and I enjoy GBBO without ads. Bad move.

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