The seventh series of The Great British Bake Off will be the last to air on BBC One as the corporation has lost the rights to the format.
Love Productions who make the show revealed in an email to staff that they had been unable to agree a deal with the beeb after a year of negotiations. The email read: “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. 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.”
“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.” – BBC Press Office
The show features amateur bakers competing in a series of three challenges in accordance with that week’s theme, with judges Queen of Puddings, Mary Berry, and King of Bread, Paul Hollywood overseeing their work.
Each week a stand out baker is awarded the title of ‘Star Baker’ while the one deemed to have performed the poorest is eliminated at Berry and Hollywood’s behest. Comedians Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc present.
The show is a huge hit on the beeb with 15.1 million viewers watching last year’s final which saw Nadiya Hussain crowned the winner. The opening episode of series seven was watched by 13.5m as per consolidated BARB data.
“After an extraordinary six-year journey with the BBC, Love Productions announces with regret that it has been unable to reach agreement on terms to renew the commission of The Great British Bake Off. We will now be focusing on finding a new partner to develop the familiar show that the British public turn to in their millions.
“Love Productions would like to thank the BBC for the role it played in making this show such an enormous hit, and the faith they showed in us over the years to develop it.” – Love Productions official statement