Channel 4 will air a new series of the Great British Bake Off this year following legal disputes
It has been confirmed that the Great British Bake Off will air a full new series on Channel 4 in 2017 following a legal dispute with the BBC.
Last year the BBC waved goodbye to the much-loved baking show when rival broadcaster Channel 4 bought the rights for a suspected £75m.
The original contract for the three-year deal stated that the channel must wait one year before airing the programme, meaning viewers were previously expecting a comeback in 2018.
However, the BBC has now waived this clause, instead allowing Channel 4 to broadcast a new series later this year.
An insider told BBC News: “We don’t want to get in the way of them reinventing the programme.
“In this instance, we believe it would be undignified to have one public service broadcaster in a potential dispute with another and the associated costs for each party would ultimately come out of programming budgets.
“We don’t believe in driving up costs in the public sector.”
Not only with the show transfer to a different channel this year, but fans will also see a change in hosts as Mary Berry, Mel Gierdroyc and Sue Perkins all made the decision to stay with the BBC in 2016.
Paul Hollywood will still be appearing on Channel 4’s Bake Off, however, and he spoke about his decision to stay with the show at the end of last year. He said: “It came down to, my job was still there and I didn’t want to lose my job.
“I love doing what I do.
“At the end of the day, I’m a baker by trade, that’s all I am.
“I want to carry on doing my job and I didn’t think that was a bad thing to do.”
Great British Bake Off will air later this year on Channel 4.