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“Great British Bake Off” moves from BBC to C4

The Great British Bake Off (pictured) has made the switch to Channel 4 after negotiations between the UK pubcaster, the series' home for seven seasons, fell apart Sept. 12 after one year.
September 12, 2016

UK pubcaster BBC has confirmed that the forthcoming season of culinary competition series The Great British Bake Off will be the last to broadcast on its airwaves before moving over for a three-year run on Channel 4.

“We believe we’ve found the perfect new home for Bake Off,” said Love Productions creative director Richard McKerrow in a statement acknowledging the pending switch up. “It’s a public service, free-to-air broadcaster for whom Love Productions have produced high quality and highly successful programs for more than a decade.”

“It’s tremendously exciting to have found a broadcaster who we know will protect and nurture The Great British Bake Off for many years to come,” he added.

Channel 4 issued its own statement confirming that it had inked a three-year deal with Love Productions, the producers of the popular cookery series. Under the creative partnership, the series will make its C4 debut with a celebrity spin-off in 2017, in aid of Stand Up to Cancer.

Negotiations between the prodco and BBC, GBBO‘s home for seven seasons, had been underway for more than a year, with a final meeting held early Monday (Sept. 12), according to the BBC.

But the talks fell apart, reportedly over money.

“We made a very strong offer to keep the show but we are a considerable distance apart on the money. The BBC’s resources are not infinite,” the corporation said in a statement. “We hope Love Productions change their mind so that Bake Off can stay ad free on BBC1.”

The series was previously widely speculated to be heading to commercial broadcaster ITV, but the network denied an offer had been made.

“We cannot comment on speculation,” a spokeperson said in response to questions from realscreen.

The Great British Bake Off now marks the second blockbuster series to move from the BBC in recent months. In November, ITV and Talpa Global agreed to a three-year deal for singing format The Voice after the BBC refused to enter into “a bidding war or pay inflated prices” to keep the worldwide smash hit series.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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