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Could The Great British Bake Off leave the BBC?

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 27, 2016

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Nadiya Hussain won the latest series of Great British Bake Off

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The Great British Bake Off could be about to leave the BBC for rivals ITV.

The seventh series of the show is due to broadcast in autumn and marks the end of a three year deal between the BBC and Love Productions, which makes the show. But negotiations over a new contract between the two are said to have reached a stalemate.

Love Productions is reported to have asked for a hugely increased fee to make the show which was the most watched programme of 2015.

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Rivals including ITV, Channel 4 and Sky - which has a 70 per cent stake in Love Productions - are said to be waiting i the wings if a deal with the BBC cannot be reached.

If they do take over the show, it will follow The Voice, which ITV poached from the BBC.

Any rival would not be able to air a new show until 2018 however.

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Bake Off first aired in 2010 on BBC2, and its value has rocketed from £3million to £20million in six years.

The current three-year deal was signed off in 2014, and audience sizes have been growing ever since.

Last year, more than 15million people tuned in to watch Nadiya Hussain win the final and be crowned the winner by judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.


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  • neathguard  |  April 27 2016, 8:08PM

    This has been on the cards for months, so if it goes to say ITV, just keep Mary Berry and give her a show of her own.

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  • ButzChoquin  |  April 27 2016, 11:49AM

    I must admit the cake presented to the Queen for her birthday was a complete mess. It looked like she had popped down to Tesco bought three cheap birthday cakes and piled them one on top of the other.

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  • Had0ken88  |  April 27 2016, 11:30AM

    Nadiya won the show because the BBC rigged it because she was a muslim. They are keen to present and promote (even the queens birthday!) Nadiya as some kind of average muslim lady to the braindead morons who tune in their TV programs and think the BBC just make programs these days and not push lefty political ideals. Allow me to add some balance. http://tinyurl.com/z4v9zve

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