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Channel 4 orders a TV dinner as Great British Bake Off leaves BBC


Judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry

Judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry

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Judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry

The Great British Bake Off is moving to Channel 4.

The channel will be the new home of the popular baking show after it signed a new three-year agreement with the programme's producers, Love Productions.

Under the new partnership the multi-award winning will remain on free-to-air television.

The first Bake Off programme set to be 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: "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."

The news comes shortly after it was announced that the BBC had lost its contract to broadcast the show, which features judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

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Among this series' contestants is Co Down engineer Andrew Smyth. The 25-year-old, who now lives in Derby and works as an engineer for Rolls Royce, was recently praised by both judges for his Irish-inspired loaf.

A BBC spokesperson said the corporation would love to have kept the baking programme but that they were "a considerable distance apart on the money".

A BBC spokesperson said: "The BBC's resources are not infinite."

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