Bake Off Presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc leave, future of other stars 'not guaranteed'

'There are no guarantees' presenters and judges will stay with the Great British Bake Off

The presenters and judges of Bake Off may not stay with the show (Getty)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

"There are no guarantees" the presenters and judges of the Great British Bake Off will stay with the programme when it moves from BBC One to Channel 4, according to a leading TV critic.

Mike Ward, of the Daily Star, says the future of stars such as Mary Berry is up in the air because as things stand "it's just the show, just the format that's been bought" and not the personnel.

BBC One has lost the contract to broadcast the show, which is made by Love Productions. BBC executives offered the company £15 million to make the programme, but they would not accept an offer lower than £25 million, leaving Channel 4 free to sign a three-year deal.

Mike Ward, a Daily Star TV critic, said huge numbers of people are outraged by the move as "it seems such a BBC-type of show.

"It's that-old fashioned quality which I guess people think the non-commercial BBC epitomises. It gets the balance between the competitive element, but also that sort of niceness.

"I think the BBC are so nervous about being seen to throw money around. Why is it that the BBC hasn't got enough creative people to come up with these ideas themselves?"

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Since Ward spoke to Jula Hartley-Brewer, the presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc have announced they will not return to host the Great British Bake Off when it moves to Channel 4, a spokeswoman confirmed.

The duo have fronted the show since it first aired on BBC2 in 2010, alongside judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

A joint statement said: "We were very shocked and saddened to learn yesterday evening that Bake Off will be moving from its home. We made no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was.

"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 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."