The Great British Bake Off will move to Channel 4 in 2017
The Great British Bake Off will move to Channel 4 in 2017 after the BBC lost the rights to continue broadcasting the much-loved series.
The BBC had a six-year deal in place with Bake Off producers Love Productions to broadcast six series of Bake Off, but this expires at the 2016 series. However after “a year of exhaustive negotiations”, Love Productions were unable to agree terms for a new contract and were forced to look at alternative broadcasters.
Love Productions told staff yesterday: “We are writing to let you all know that, with deep regret, after more than a year of exhaustive negotiations we have been unable to reach an agreement with the BBC for the renewal of The Great British Bake Off. We feel it is very important to let you all know as soon as possible because there has been a lot of inaccurate reporting in the media about the negotiations and we want you to be aware of the main facts.
“We are really saddened by this outcome because we always wanted to stay on the BBC. As recently as June we were convinced that was what would happen. This has never been about who might write the biggest cheque, but about where we can find the best home for Bake Off. Unfortunately we were unable to agree either a fair valuation, and nor were the BBC able to provide the necessary comfort for the future protection of such a distinctive and much-loved television series.”
The speculation over who would broadcast the new Bake Off did not last long however. Hours after the announcement that the popular baking series was to find a new home, it was revealed Channel 4 had signed a three-year deal with Love Productions.
Love Productions reportedly refused to consider offers from non-free to air broadcasters, and ignored a higher bid from ITV in order to find the right home for the series.
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, the creative director of Love Productions, added: “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.”
The Great British Bake Off will move to Channel 4 in 2017, where its first series will be a celebrity version.
The BBC is believed to have a clause in their contract with Love Productions that means a subsequent broadcaster must wait a full year to broadcast a new series of the show. Negotiations are now reportedly taking place to waive this clause.