UPDATE: Channel 4 has poached the rights to Great British Bake Off, following its cancellation at the BBC, in a three-year deal. The renewal sees GBBO move to Channel 4 through Series 10.
The BBC has cancelled its flagship baking competition series The Great British Bake Off after seven series, after losing rights to broadcast future seasons of the show.
The current seventh series will be the last at the BBC, though producers Love Productions are hopeful of cooking up an eighth series elsewhere, with rival broadcasters ITV and Channel 4 both said to be in the mix.
Breaking news of the cancellation via an internal email to staff, the production company said:
“[We’re really saddened by this outcome because we always wanted to stay on the BBC … this has never been about who might write the biggest cheque, but about where we can find the best home for Bake Off.
In a statement, the BBC said it made a “very strong” offer to hold onto GBBO and urged Love Productions to return to the negotiating table to keep the show “ad free on BBC One”:
Statement on Great British Bake Off: pic.twitter.com/j4D0mMoqmN
— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) September 12, 2016
Will GBBO rise again elsewhere? Stay tuned as we monitor the cancellation escape hatch…