Channel 4 has confirmed that Paul Hollywood will be staying with ‘The Great British Bake Off’ when it moves from BBC1 to Channel 4 next year.
One of the country’s leading artisan bakers, Paul has been a judge on ‘The Great British Bake Off’ since the BBC series began in 2010.
Jay Hunt, chief creative officer of Channel 4, said: “Paul really is the star baker – an exceptional talent with a twinkle in his eye. His wit, warmth and wisdom are vital ingredients in Bake Off’s success. I’m so delighted he’s coming to Channel 4.”
Channel 4 has signed a three-year agreement with the producers of the hit show, Love Productions. Richard McKerrow, creative director of Love Productions, said: “We believe we’ve found the perfect new home for Bake Off. Channel 4 is 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.”
He added: “We are delighted to confirm that Paul is coming with the tent ready to encourage, inspire and raise the occasional, quizzical eyebrow. Paul’s presence will ensure the culture of Bake Off continues in the tent as it makes its move.
“We want to reiterate to Bake Off fans, that the show they love will remain wholly familiar, and that Channel 4 is a great place to make our show. Bake Off will be produced by the same team, in the same tent, with the same recipe.”
The first Bake Off programming planned to broadcast on Channel 4 will be a celebrity version of the show in 2017, in aid of charity Stand Up to Cancer.