Despite the great success that the series has attained, BBC is planning to wrap the show up anytime soon. There is also a buzz that Channel 4 is swooping in to screen The Great British Bake Off but chances are high none of the original lineup will be on the new version of this television baking competition. Does that mean moving the show to Channel 4 will be a mistake? Will this lead to The Great British Bake Off cancellation?
A report last year disclosed that The Great British Bake Off witnessed a thumping success as more than 13 million viewers watched it. The show is now in the middle of a bidding war between the channels. Why? It is because the BBC’s current three-year contract with Love Productions expires this year.
Following extended negotiations, Love Productions announced that the current seventh season of the show would be the last to broadcast on the BBC. On 12 September 2016, Love agreed to a three-year deal to air the show on Channel 4.
Rumors are rife that the show’s mainstays are ruling themselves out of a job on the BAFTA award-winning British television series. They do not intend to be a part of the show when GBBO moves to its new network. According to sources, Channel 4 is still in talks with the two judges from the show, Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. For the last seven years, they have been two prominent names associated with the show’s massive success.
Meanwhile, show hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins subsequently declared that they will not be returning when the show will air on Channel 4, reports Mirror. Recently, The Great British Bake Off has had a hard time due to the absence of presenter Sue Perkins.
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