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The BBC Has Lost the Rights to 'Great British Bake-Off'--THIS IS A BAD BAKE (UPDATE)

By Courtney Enlow | Industry | September 12, 2016 | Comments ()

By Courtney Enlow | Industry | September 12, 2016 |


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Someone talk me off this ledge, talk me off this ledge right now.

The BBC has lost the contract to broadcast The Great British Bake Off, the makers of the hit show have confirmed.

Love Productions said negotiations with the BBC had been taking place for a year, with a last-ditch meeting on Monday.

A spokesman added the issues were both money and the development of the brand.
The BBC said it hoped Love Productions would “change their mind so that Bake Off can stay ad-free on BBC One”.

But they can change their mind, right? THEY CAN FIX THIS, RIGHT?

Love Productions said the BBC had revised its offer to them ahead of Monday but it was rejected.

Asked if the decision could be reversed, they said it could not.

The show is a big hit and will no doubt move to some other broadcaster, but will no longer be ad-free for our UK friends. I don’t know how this will impact the timing for upcoming seasons or what it means for international broadcasts (like in the US where we call it The Great British Baking Show for reasons I still don’t quite understand)—assuredly that will all depend on how long it takes to find a new company. I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING BUT PANIC. The BBC has already announced two Christmas specials for the show, so at least we have that.

Until more news arrives, our spirits can best be described like this:

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UPDATE: Channel 4 has announced GBBO is now theirs.

People have feelings.



Courtney Enlow is a features writer. You can follow her on Twitter.


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