Is Mary on the move?
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE’S very own star baker Mary Berry looks set to be on the move after it was announced Channel 4 has snapped up The Great British Bake off.
It was revealed this week that The Great British Bake Off will move home after Love Productions, the company behind the hit show, signed a threeyear deal with Channel 4. It has been reported that the BBC offered £15m per year to keep the show but Love Productions was looking for at least an extra £10m. The show’s judges, Penn resident Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, were not involved in the deal and it is believed negotiations with them were yet to begin.
Co presenters Mel Giedroych and Sue Perkins have however confirmed they will stand down when the show moves.
Bake Off first aired in 2010 on BBC Two and has since gone on to become one of the most popular shows on British Television and a global commercial success for the BBC.
The Bake Off has spawned 19 international spin-offs in 16 different languages.
The first Bake Off programming planned to broadcast on Channel 4 will be a celebrity version of the show in 2017, in aid of Stand Up to Cancer.
Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer said: “Channel 4 is very proud to be the new home for The Great British Bake Off. 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.
Richard McKerrow, Love Productions Creative Director said: “We believe we’ve found the perfect new home for Bake Off. 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.”
Farewell: Mary Berry and the Bake Off team with this year’s contestants