Is Mary on the move?

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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

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