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Should The Great British Bake Off remain with the BBC?

First Top Gear, then The Voice and now Great British Bake Off. The BBC has lost the contract to broadcast The Great British Bake Off, which will be shown on Channel 4 for the next season. 

Channel 4 has signed a three-year deal with Love Productions, which makes the hit show, currently shown on BBC One.

The BBC earlier said it hoped Love Productions would change their mind and that Bake Off was a “quintessentially BBC programme”.

Channel 4 is understood to have offered more money for the brand following the breakdown in negotiations with the BBC.

The opening show of the current series, the seventh, was watched by an average of 10.4 million viewers.

The channel switch risks Bake Off losing its popular judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, as well as its co-hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc. None of its stars were consulted during the negotiations.

What are your views?  Are you a regular viewer of the GBBO? How do you feel about it losing the prime time BBC1 slot in favour of Channel 4? Does watching the GBBO with adverts interrupting your viewing cause you concern? Should the BBC have used your licence fee to pay to keep the GBBO? Could this be a recipe for disaster? 

Should The Great British Bake Off remain with the BBC?

959 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Yes - I think it should stay with the BBC No - I am happy for the shift to Channel 4

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Lionel
20th Sep 2016
0
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Corbyn now wants to nationalise Bake Off! God help us all if the food ends up like British Railways sandwiches!
Happlin
19th Sep 2016
2
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it's an excellent programme as it is , if it moves to Channel 4 we will have to suffer adverts which will spoil the flow of the programme.
lizfid3
18th Sep 2016
2
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I like the show where it is, Mel & Sue and no adverts. Channel four will probably try to "improve" it. Won't watch if they mess with it.
Pwilly
16th Sep 2016
0
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Where's the I don't care button??
Sharpi
16th Sep 2016
1
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I love the show but when I heard how much money the production company wanted from the BBC for them to keep the show I was pleased the BBC had some common sense and did not carry on negotiation. The figure quoted in most media was £25 million this to me would be an obscene waste of License payers money. Although I personally feel the BBC raises more than enough in profits to do without the License fee. The presenters had the sense to leave before they were pushed. Channel 4 in my opinion dumbs down their programs and I can see that Bake off will totally change format, it will not be the same.
CaroBee
16th Sep 2016
2
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Shows what 'influence' we, the viewers, have, doesn't it? Money every time.
janehunter70
16th Sep 2016
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BBC, we have to pay the extortionate wages to these so called celebrities, BBC needs abolished altogether,
celtwitch
15th Sep 2016
3
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I would be happy to see all the current cookery shows disappear from our screens, to be replaced with alternative ones that show struggling families, pensioners and anyone on a limited income how to source, prepare and cook delicious and nutritious meals.
Millions of people in this country have never, and will never, get to taste Lobster, John Dory, Monkfish, Langoustines, Jerusalem Artichoke, Asparagus, and many more of the ingredients that the posturing, well heeled 'chefs' chuck nonchalantly into pans as though they are going out of fashion.
I can't stand the smarmy Paul Hollywood (is that his real name, or just his celebrity name?)
Furthermore, I would be very happy indeed to see the bloated, corrupt BBC disappear off the face of the earth, along with all their 'talented stars.'
Munsterlander
16th Sep 2016
5
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Thats actually a very very good idea. I don't think remove all the cooking programmes as many people enjoy them but I do think programmes which promote healthy food and also help those who don't have so much money would be very helpful
BrumEJ43
15th Sep 2016
3
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Celtwitch, really you have hit the nail on the head!. Like many people - have always cooked, just plain basic cooking. We do not eat ready-prepared food, we hate them. We don't eat out much either, because mostly it is rubbish. Both my husband and I like cooking, - but as for taking ideas from TV chefs, - no we don't. Neither of us like raw meat, and barely cooked fish, - we do not like our food stacked up like a tower, or with various sauces squirted around as decoration.
I admire Mary Berry, - she is a super wealthy woman, but must have worked hard to still be at the top at the age of 81.
The Great British Bake Off really does not teach anyone how to cook, - in my opinion it is just an entertainment programme.
It will be interesting to see if Mary is mostly interested in the £££££££'s and Mr P too.
sukiesue
15th Sep 2016
4
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I have just finished reading Recipe for Life - Mary Berry. Regarding GB Bake Off and the BAFTA Award I quote "Mel and Sue are our stars and without whom the whole programme would collapse". I think Mary Berry will also not stay. Once a programme loses its key presenters, the format changes, usually resulting in a weaker version of the original.
mazza
14th Sep 2016
0
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The BBC get by showing more repeats than new shows, charge an extortionate licence fee and then tell us they can't afford programmes like this. Maybe if the didn't send about fifty news reporters overseas to tell us what one could they'd have some money.
feather
14th Sep 2016
3
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Love Productions are greedy and the increase offered by the BBC was generous. I do not however think that the Beeb is starved of cash, it is the way it spends it that annoys me.
jentie51
14th Sep 2016
1
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As with many other institutions in this country, the Government is starving the beeb of investment & sadly, the company that makes the show have greedily taken it out reach.

When it moves channels, I'll give it a go, but feel without Mel & Sue it just won't be the same, plus it'll have those irritating commercial breaks.

Personally, I ignore the content of all the ads, but they still disrupt the continuity of a programme.

Please, Mrs May & cronies, give the beeb the money it needs to continue broadcasting top class programmes.
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Whenever a successful programme is 'poached' by another tv company it sign it's death knell. It immediately thinks it can better it by changing the format and then wonders why it starts waning in popularity. There is a saying 'if it's not broke - don't fix it' or something similar. Well already it's changing cos Mel and Sue won't be there. Also how are they going to squeeze the 60 minute programme into an hour long show with adverts that normally take up to 20 minutes of this time? Something else will have to go. Need I say anything else?
BrumEJ43
14th Sep 2016
3
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Carol, completely agree, - .... without Mel and Sue... there will not be a Bakeoff, - they are the super linkpins.
Come on Mary and Paul - do the right thing, - .....unless the offer is too good to refuse?
Mrscthethird
13th Sep 2016
6
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Love productions say that it isn't about the money, but about finding the right home. Well is that not where it is at already. Of course it is money, greed to the last. And who has a stake in love productions? Sky.
Wilf
14th Sep 2016
2
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Its all about the commercials!
Jo Kingham
13th Sep 2016
1
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It will be interesting to see if the presenters and judges stay...Give them enough £ and I'm sure they will. I record all programmes so having adverts doesn't bother me I just fast forward them or download on catch up TV where the ads are omitted anyway!
jentie51
14th Sep 2016
1
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That's funny - when I watch programmes on catch up, there are still some adverts. It's also a pain having to fast forward recorded programmes past the ads. Like others have commented, it it ain't broke, don't fix it!
Alicia
13th Sep 2016
2
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I have never watched it anyway.
jentie51
14th Sep 2016
1
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Even if you're not interested in baking, it's well worth watching for the comedy & drama!
Worf13
13th Sep 2016
0
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It isn't a programme I watch but I can imagine it being popular with quite a lot of license payers. I just think the content on the BBC is deteriorating and is no longer value for money. Ads don't bother me - I just ignore them.
Bryn
13th Sep 2016
2
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Why is it that the BBC makes programmes very popular then loses them to Channel 4 or some other channel. It's happened with Formula One, cricket, Top Gear, all lost from BBC to go to the highest bidder.
jentie51
14th Sep 2016
2
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It's all about money, despite what the production company say regarding "finding the best home" for the programme.
Sue Mills
13th Sep 2016
3
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Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood and the girls are what make this programme. Take them out of the programme and it will be a disaster. The BBC are happy to continue taking money from their viewers why the hell don't they listen to them as well....To many GOOD programmes are going to commericial channels why do we still need a License?
Terrysoldgal
13th Sep 2016
3
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Bake Off is a lovely gentle programme that is entertaining and offends nobody. I enjoy it very much and it is one of the few programmes I make a point of watching. BBC is quality and I won't be watching Bake off on channel 4 with all of the adverts. BBC is what made Bake Off what it is today and it is a shame that Love Productions repays them by being greedy and demanding loads of money.
moonlady
13th Sep 2016
4
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It won't be the same with adds and if the presenters and judges don't go well..... I for one won't be watching it
major red
13th Sep 2016
-3
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glad to see it go may get some better tv . I wish
scandiman
14th Sep 2016
2
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Major red, fat chance of getting decent TV. Used to be that maybe one night a week there was nothing to watch. Now it's every night. Soaps with their ridiculous stories, game and talent shows, endless footie and repeats. BBC 1 I rarely watch, BBC2 continual repeats and populist junk on ITV. On the front of the TV magazine this week, 'Phelan's deadly trap', 'Mick's affair shock', 'Tracy's wedding hell' etc. Oh, please, spare me!
jentie51
14th Sep 2016
1
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Must say I don't watch much tv as find it a passive experience & prefer to "do" rather than sit & observe, so am selective in what I do watch. I love footie & always watch Match of the Day & in my opinion the BBC's sport presentation is infinitely superior to that of the commercial channels.

Bake Off is one of the programmes I make a point of watching, together with Strictly, Poldark, Dr Who, Countryfile & nature/environmental type shows. Please don't let any of these go the way of other former BBC programmes.

Could be worse though - at least I live in the UK & not the USA!
h2o
13th Sep 2016
4
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As with everything else in this materialistic world, greed plays the winning hand. It is a sad reflection, if it is true, that neither viewers or the presenting team get a say.
I won't watch if it moves, as I hate adverts with a passion, and hate all my programmes cursed with the white music in the background.
Marley444
13th Sep 2016
3
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Another massive mistake by the BBC! I don't see how it will be the same on Channel 4 - Channel 4 production style is directed at the younger viewers. The hot question is will Mary Berry stay?? Without her it will just end up like just another trashy reality TV show! The BBC has standards and GBBO is quintessentially a BBC programme. And as for the adverts! No thank you!!!
jentie51
14th Sep 2016
1
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Sadly, it's been priced out of the BBC's hands.
Baxi
13th Sep 2016
2
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Channel 4 is reaping the rewards of BBC investment. Such a shame that everything goes to the highest bidder.
reessusan5
13th Sep 2016
4
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The format works! So why change? Adverts every 15 minutes would be so annoying. I look forward to the Bake Off every week and would not be so enthusiastic if it was radically changed!
Wilf
13th Sep 2016
2
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I gaze at it while my wife watches as she is a great cook. Not really bothered but seems a shame as the BBC is quality whereas channel 4 just seems to be for 20s and 30s
commiczar
13th Sep 2016
2
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Just means I will not be watching , Cannot stand ads being run in the middle of programs, Don't mind at the end , but an ad break in the middle leads obsessive remote controller use. Usual story as with "the voice" , the program creators get greedy , and then as a result disappear into the ether as viewing figures crash
scandiman
13th Sep 2016
2
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I don't really care. More important things going on in the world, surely.
Why is this front page news? Too many cookery programmes anyway, too much sport, too many soaps and repeats. Boring.
Suzanne511
13th Sep 2016
4
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Then why even comment, surely you must have better and more important issues to read and comment on in the world 😉
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I guess it's because it is the most popular television programme on the BBC so that is why there is such an uproar!
MrsPat
12th Sep 2016
6
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Watch it each week and also love baking myself. It should stay where it is.
Munsterlander
12th Sep 2016
8
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My wife loves this programme and has watched it for years. We just saw on BBC news that it is moving to Channel 4. Its not good at all. Adverts will ruin it and its a quality programme that belongs on the Beeb...just like my favourite Top Gear but thats another story. Why oh why is the world all about money rather than quality. The Beeb is QUALITY!

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