Earlier this week, Great Britain woke up to the news that Love Productions, the makers of Great British Bake Off is taking the show to Channel 4. Arguably, this has upset the nation more than Brexit.
Bake Off leaving BBC is like your dad leaving mum. You still get to see him but in a flat above a Dominos with deckchairs instead of a sofa.
— Rhys James (@rhysjamesy) September 12, 2016
Thousands have already signed a petition online in an attempt to stop the move. Former culture minister Ed Vaizey said: “As a human being, I’m thoroughly depressed. The Bake Off is the BBC, and having it on another channel is like having an Eton Mess without the fruit.”
Even Lord Alan Sugar got involved by tweeting “I feel sorry for the @BBCOne they invested years in making Bake Off popular and the greedy disloyal format owner has sold it to C4″
Channel 4 has signed a three-year deal for the show, about which they sent the following (perhaps somewhat misguided tweet given the subsequent public outrage):
We’re delighted to announce that we have a bun in the oven. #GBBO is coming to Channel 4!
— Channel 4 (@Channel4) September 12, 2016
Far more gallantly, the BBC issued a statement, which clearly said that they hope the show’s creators, Love Productions, change their minds.
BBC has been negotiating with Love Productions for approximately a year, and offered £15m per year to keep the show, but the company would not accept offers below £25m.
Richard McKerrow, creative director at Love Productions stated that he believed Channel 4 would “protect and nurture” the show “for many years to come.” However, negotiations with the show’s presenters and judges – Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood – have yet to begin.
If Channel 4 don’t get Mary, Paul, Mel & Sue then they have a very soggy bottom indeed #GBBO
— SuperTV 24/7 (@superTV247) September 13, 2016
A spokesman for Channel 4 said: “We would be delighted if the presenters and judges want to come to Channel 4.” Sue, the first of the four to take a position once the news broke was clearly not ecstatic, and earlier this year Paul Hollywood told Chris Evans on Top Gear ‘I’ve said, I think the girls have said as well, we want to stay with the BBC. As far as Mary, Mel, Sue and myself, we want to stay with the BBC.’
Channel 4 will be, or should be, acutely aware from the recent experience of Top Gear that a show concept without the familiar and much loved faces isn’t any sort of a guarantee.
Therefore, we can assume that Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will all be offered cash amounts that make their BBC salaries look like appetizers.
As with everything, this drama will quieten. In fact, Tamal – one of last year’s finalists is already urging calm
— Tamal Ray (@DrRayBakes) September 12, 2016
But, on the upside….it didn’t go to ITV
Imagine the sob stories if #GBBO does go to ITV.
Can’t wait for Cake Shaped Like Your Dead Gran Week.
— Ian Hyland (@HylandIan) September 12, 2016