That didn’t take long. Mere hours after talks broke down between the BBC and Love Productions, Channel 4 has signed a three-year deal with the Sky owned indie which will see them become the exclusive broadcaster for The Great British Bake Off.
Under the deal, the first Bake Off programme to be produced for Channel 4 will be a celebrity edition of the show for Aid To Cancer, which will air in 2017. The regular civilian edition is expected to air in 2018, following the expiration of the BBC’s twelve month hold-back.
While nothing has been confirmed at this stage, the entire presenting and judging line-up – including Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins, Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry – are expected to move with the show to Channel 4, though there are no deals in place as yet. The broadcaster is hailing this new deal as a “creative partnership” that will keep the show on free-to-air television.
“Channel 4 is very proud to be the new home for The Great British Bake Off”, said Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt. “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.”
“We believe we’ve found the perfect new home for Bake Off”, added Richard McKerrow, Love Productions’ Creative Director. “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”.