Channel 4 has announced a three year deal with Love Productions to air The Great British Bake Off.
The news follows confirmation earlier today (12 September) that the beeb – whose negotiations with Love Productions reached a denouement today – has failed to retain the hit show.
Despite the corporation stating ‘we hope Love Productions change their mind so that Bake Off can stay ad-free on BBC One’ in response to reports that it had lost the format, the indie has already entered into a new creative partnership that will see the multi-award winning show continue on free-to-air television.
“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.” – Richard McKerrow, Love Productions Creative Director
It is currently unknown whether there will be changes to the show’s format or regular talent line up following the move.
The show currently 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.
“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.” – Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer
In a statement about the show leaving the BBC, Love Productions noted:“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.”
Bake Off will first appear on Channel 4 in the guise of a celebrity version in aid of Stand Up to Cancer next year.