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The Great British Bake Off moves to Channel 4

Channel 4 have poached The Great British Bake Off from the BBC, after apparently offering more money for the much-loved programme.

The BBC have lost the rights to broadcast The Great British Bake Off.

The much-loved baking programme debuted on BBC Two back in 2010, before moving to BBC One in 2014 due to the huge increase in the show's popularity.

But after a year of negotiations with Love Productions, which makes the series, the BBC lost the contract on Monday night (12Sep16), with Love Productions signing a deal with Channel 4 the same evening.

It is thought the BBC was unable to match the money the public service broadcaster were offering for the three-year contract.

The first Bake Off programme on Channel 4 will debut in 2017, and will be a version of the Sport Relief celebrity special of the show.

Jay Hunt, Channel 4's chief creative officer, said in a statement: "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."

At the moment, it's unclear whether judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, and presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, will make the move to Channel 4 with the Bake Off.

According to BBC media correspondent David Sillito, negotiations with the team have yet to begin as they have only just been informed of the new contract details.

Meanwhile, Richard McKerrow, Love Productions creative director, added in his statement: "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."

The current series of The Great British Bake Off is proving more popular than ever, with amateur bakers competing in difficult challenges on a weekly basis. The premiere of the 2016 series saw an average audience of 10.4 million - over a million more than the 2015 series launch.

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