The fact that Bake off is going to Ch4 is not why I am interested in this. Like many I would have preferred to have seen it remain on the BBC. I read in the Guardian this :https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radi ... h-bake-off
I am fascinated where this will go from a purely business aspect. The maker of the show stated this:In an interview with the Guardian two years ago, McKerrow expressed reservations about the BBC’s decision to move the show from BBC2 to its flagship channel. “We love making programmes for BBC2, [controller] Janice Hadlow is absolutely brilliant,” he said. “Commercially, it’s nice to do it for a channel where you have only got to get 2 million viewers. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, so my first instinct was – why do we have to move to 1?
The show generated 14 million viewers in last season finale, something McKerrow probably only dreamed about. The BBC are paying £15 million for 3 season. McKerrow wants £25 million per
season. So he went from I am happy its doing its own small thing
to show me the money, show me the money
once he smelt success.
We do not know if Mel, Sue, Hollywood and Berry will jump ship and move to the new Ch4 show. If they do not and all decide to start their own show to rival their old show, this could be the biggest blunder in TV business dealing (for Ch4) since Top Gear.
The only winner here is McKerrow, but I also think if he was less greedy, in the long run, he could have made more money, if the Ch4 version fails. I suppose it is a gamble. Either way McKerrow will not go hungry and Sky, who own 70% of Love productions, can make even more money