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Great British Bake Off Moving to Channel 4

Written by Daniel Kirby on 13th September 2016

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After a year of negotiations with Love Productions, the production company behind The Great British Bake Off, the BBC has lost its contract to broadcast the hit show.

The programme will now move to Channel 4, who have signed a three year deal with the production company.

The key issue appears to have been the large fees involved, it is thought that the BBC offered £15m per year to keep the programme on BBC One, which is double the amount they currently pay for the show, but Love Productions wanted at least £25 million.

One BBC executive explained “We made a very strong offer to keep the show, but we are a considerable distance apart on the money.[Our] resources are not infinite.”

This is clearly a major coup for Channel 4, who will now take ownership of the UK's highest rated show. Their first Bake Off broadcast will air as a charity special next year, however negotiations with the show's current presenters are yet to begin.