BBC loses rights to The Great British Bake Off
It’s been announced that the BBC don’t have the dough to keep their hit TV show, The Great British Bake Off. Their three-year contract with the show’s makers, Love Productions, has come to an end, and as a result the BBC made an offer of £15 million to keep the show on. However any offer under £25 million has been turned away, meaning Bake Off will be moving to Channel 4. The show’s presenters (Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc) are contracted to the BBC so because of this, they will not be moving with the show. It hasn’t yet been announced whether or not the judges, (Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood) will continue their roles either. It’s been said that talks between the BBC and Love Productions had been taking place for a year, but with no results.
Though many fans feel the show may lose its’ appeal, Channel 4 holds some new opportunities. Chef Jamie Oliver has openly said that he’d love to be involved in the show’s future. In fact, he’s currently the leading contender for the judging role if Mary and Paul do infact leave. Bookies are taking bets on who will replace Mel and Sue, with Jo Brand, Davina McCall, and Jennifer Saunders being considered for the role. Jo Brand is currently the most popular choice, largely due to her role as the host of GBBO spin-off show ‘An Extra Slice’. The Mel and Sue duo will be difficult roles to fill as they have been extremely popular among the shows audience.
Though, it’s not all bad news, a celebrity version of the show will be broadcast in 2017, in aid of Stand Up To Cancer. So we’ve got that to look forward to!
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