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UK Left Upset As The Great British Bake Off Leaves The BBC

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I guess by now you have heard the news, The Great British Bake Off is heading to Channel Four. The BBC’s negotiations with Love Productions, the company behind Bake Off, have failed and the next series will have adverts and a new presentation team. The current presenters, Mel and Sue, have quit the show and it rumoured that Merry Berry and Paul Hollywood will quit too. The news has left the UK upset and many have already decided they won’t be watching the next series.

With most of the team leaving, will the show ever be the same again? Mel and Sue made it a great show but they gave their reasons for quitting

Giedroyc and Perkins said they were “very shocked and saddened” to learn Bake Off will be leaving the BBC.

Their statement continued: “The BBC nurtured the show from its infancy and helped give it its distinctive warmth and charm, growing it from an audience of two million to nearly 15 [million] at its peak.

“We’ve had the most amazing time on Bake Off, and have loved seeing it rise and rise like a pair of yeasted Latvian baps.

“We’re not going with the dough. We wish all the future bakers every success.”

Love Productions have said, ““We would like to thank Mel and Sue for bringing their own unique humour to the tent over the past years and we respect their decision not to be part of the Bake Off team on Channel 4”. 

News of the new home for the Great British Bake Off was reported on the New York Times, the show is available in the US on PBS and via Netflix…

Both companies emphasized that Britons would still be able to watch the show without cost, but they will now have to contend with commercials. The BBC is publicly funded and does not have commercials, nor does the show’s American home, PBS, where it is shown under the name “The Great British Baking Show.” It is also available in the United States on Netflix.

“We believe we’ve found the perfect new home for ‘Bake Off,’ ” Richard McKerrow, the creative director of Love Productions, said in a statement. “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.”

Mr. McKerrow added that he believed Channel 4 would “protect and nurture” the show “for many years to come.”

The much loved show is not going without a fight. According to the Mirror Online, there is an online petition to keep the show on the BBC and to stop Paul Hollywood quitting with the others…

Thousands of people have signed a petition to keep the ever popular Great British Bake Off on the BBC after it was announced that the programme would be moving to Channel 4.

Meanwhile, the show’s producers are thought to be preparing for the imminent resignation of the influential Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

Just to be clear, nobody is saying that the show has been scrapped. It will still be available to watch, but the fact that it will now include adverts has left people angry.

At the time of writing, 18,126 people had signed a petition that calls the show “a British institution” and “an immersive escape from commercials .”

The programme looks to be in crisis now as it’s been revealed that there will be no series next year, and co-hosts Mel and Sue won’t be following the programme to its new home.

The announcement on the Great British Bake Off website has plenty of comments but all stating their sadness at the decision, basically they won’t be watching the next series on Channel 4.

The next series, planned for 2017 will be a celebrity Bake Off in aid of ‘Stand Up to Cancer’. But will the program still be recognisable? No Mel and Sue, no Paul and Mary – just a tent and plenty of adverts.

I’m sad that the BBC has lost the show but what do you think? Leave you thoughts in the comments below.

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