ITV to poach GBBO from BBC?
- Bang Showbiz
- 27 April 2016
BBC could lose the 'The Great British Bake Off' to another channel, after ITV, Channel 4 and Sky all expressed an interest
BBC could lose the 'The Great British Bake Off' to another channel.
Just months after it lost a bidding war with ITV for its former show 'The Voice', the BBC is set to have a fight on its hands to hold on to ratings-winner 'GBBO', which stars Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, after ITV, Channel 4 and Sky all expressed an interest.
A source told The Sun: "It's no surprise all the broadcasters want a chance at landing 'Bake Off'. It really would be a fantastic fit for Channel 4.
"But if you were Sky or ITV why wouldn't you want the most-watched show on telly?"
The BBC's three-year deal with makers Love Productions runs out after the upcoming summer series and BBC TV Channels Controller Charlotte Moore, is reportedly involved in talks to keep the show at the channel.
However, if 'GBBO' was poached, it would have to remain off air until 2018, due to a clause in the BBC's contract.
ITV recently won the rights to 'The Voice' after the BBC failed to match its £22 million bid for a three-year deal.