The BBC has issued a statement in response to the news that ‘The Great British Bake Off’ (GBBO) to moving from BBC1 to Channel 4.
The move follows the hit show’s production company Love Productions’ decision to sign a three-year agreement with the broadcaster.
The statement said: ‘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’.
The first ‘Bake Off’ programming planned to broadcast on Channel 4 will be a celebrity version of the show in 2017, in aid of Cancer Research UK’s Stand Up to Cancer charity campaign.
Nadiya Hussain, the 2015 winner of ‘The Great British Bake Off’, is congratulated by fellow contestants and the show’s judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry