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ITV bid to snatch The Great British Bake Off from BBC

The Great British Bake Off could be broadcast on ITV next year (17), as the broadcaster has reportedly launched a bid to nab the programme from the BBC.

The BBC face a battle to keep show The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) when its three-year deal ends this summer (16).

The programme has gone from a teatime treat to one of the most watched shows on television, with a staggering 15.1 million viewers tuning in to last year's series (15). But as the BBC's deal with the show's creators nears an end, the broadcaster's competitors are all said to be vying to be next in line to nab the show.

According to The Sun newspaper, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky have all shown an interest in landing a new deal to air GBBO.

However, BBC TV Channels Controller Charlotte Moore, who was responsible for commissioning the first series back in 2010 is apparently determined not to let the show go without a fight.

The publication reports Moore is currently locked in talks with the show's producers, Love Productions.

"It’s no surprise all the broadcasters want a chance at landing Bake Off. It really would be a fantastic fit for Channel 4," a source told The Sun.

"But if you were Sky or ITV why wouldn’t you want the most-watched show on telly?"

Reports of a potential channel change come after ITV scooped The Voice from the BBC, after the public broadcaster refused to match ITV's £22 million, three-year deal.

However, if GBBO was to go to a different broadcaster, a clause in the BBC contract means it wouldn't be able to air again until 2018. The BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4 all declined to comment when contacted by The Sun about the reports.

The show, which is hosted by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, has launched the careers of dozens of bakers, including last year's winner Nadiya Hussain.

On Tuesday (26Apr16), Nadiya, who was recently enlisted to bake a cake for Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday, confirmed she would be starring in a two-part special called The Chronicles of Nadiya.

The BBC One documentary will see the Bake Off winner return to Bangladesh in a bid to trace her culinary roots.

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