Channel 4 has snatched the rights to The Great British Bake Off from the BBC after talks about renewing the hit show broke down over price between the corporation and producers Love Productions.

Channel has struck a three-year deal with Love Productions for rights to the show.

A BBC spokesperson said: “Working with Love Productions, we have  grown and nurtured the programme over seven series and created the huge hit it is today.  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.  GBBO is a quintessentially BBC programme. We hope Love Productions change their mind so that Bake Off can stay ad free on BBC One.”

The first Bake Off programming planned to broadcast on Channel 4 will be a celebrity version of the show in 2017, in aid of Stand Up to Cancer.

Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer said: “Channel 4 is very proud to be the new home for The Great British Bake Off.  I’m delighted we have been able to partner with the hugely talented team at Love Productions to keep this much loved show on free-to-air television.“
Richard McKerrow, Love Productions Creative Director said: “We believe we’ve found the perfect new home for Bake Off.  It’s a public service, free-to-air broadcaster for whom Love Productions have produced high quality and highly successful programmes 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.“

Staff Reporter

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