“The Great British Bake Off” is too expensive for BBC? Does it face cancellation?
“The Great British Bake Off” may move to ITV, if BBC will not be able to pay the hefty price of its rights, which stands at £20million.
The BBC bosses allegedly said that they cannot meet the price.
As BBC’s current contract with Love Productions end this year, the hot baking reality contest TV show is in the middle o a bidding war between two channels: BBC and ITV. With so details right now so muddled, does “The Great British Bake Off” face cancellation?
According to the Sun, the rights of the show is set at £20million, an amount BBC said is too much for it to hold on to the popular baking series. This paves the way for ITV to swoop in to screen the show.
BBC has not yet confirmed the said report. Mail Online UK reached out to the network for a comment but received none yet.
However, if true, the network stands to lose o a money-maker. “The Great British Bake O” was a huge hit ever since it premiered on BBC2 in 2010. The show attracted over 13 million viewers in 2015.
It can be remembered that back in May, ITV, Channel 4, and Sky already expressed their interest on the snow. But at the time, BBC still said that it will do everything to keep the show.
The source said: “The situation is that this is the last series covered under the current contract that the BBC has with Bake Off.”
The source added “Sky has been bought a stake Love Productions, so there was always going to be a speculative story about it moving. My own view as a person is I would be surprised if it did move. We do so many shows with Love.”