‘The Great British Bake Off’ has been broadcasting on the BBC since 2010 and has become a massive hit along the way – turning normal, everyday folk into quivering wrecks at the sight of a cake coming out of the oven. Now the world of ‘Bake Off’ has been shaken by the news that from 2017 the show is moving from the BBC to Channel 4, meaning that fans will have to deal with adverts cutting in to the show.
The reason is simple: money. It’s been reported that Channel 4 has paid a whopping £75 million for the next three years of the show, whose first appearance on the channel in 2017 will be a celebrity version in aid of Stand Up To Cancer. This is said to be about four times what the BBC was currently paying for the show. The plan is for Channel 4 to alternate regular and celebrity versions of the show.
It’s not clear yet if the shows’ presenters Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, as well as hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, will move to Channel 4 with 'Bake Off'. Apparently the BBC has a ‘holdback’ clause in its contract which could prevent Channel 4 from airing the show until 2018, but it’s thought the BBC would rather not enter into a battle with ‘Bake Off’ fans willing to throw eggs and flour at the national broadcaster until they give in.
When the news broke late yesterday, the love for 'Bake Off' was obvious. It was such a big deal that it knocked another big story off the top of the news: the resignation of former Prime Minister David Cameron as an MP.