Great British Bake Off will LEAVE the BBC and move channels next series

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The Great British Bake Off 2016 will be the last to air on the BBC, it has been announced.

It's despite recent claims suggesting that the BBC and show makers Love Productions were close to a deal, said to be worth £15 million.

According to the Daily Telegraph however, the channel and production company have been unable to reach an agreement.

In a statement, Love Productions told the newspaper: "After an extraordinary six-year journey with the BBC, Love Productions announces with regret that it has been unable to reach agreement on terms to renew the commission of The Great British Bake Off.

The Great British Bake Off
The Great British Bake Off

"We will now be focusing on finding a new partner to develop the familiar show that the British public turn to in their millions.

"Love Productions would like to thank the BBC for the role it played in making this show such an enormous hit, and the faith they showed in us over the years to develop it."

Meanwhile, an email was sent to staff said the decision was not about money.

The message read: "We are writing to let you all know that, with deep regret, after more than a year of exhaustive negotiations we have been unable to reach an agreement with the BBC for the renewal of The Great British Bake Off."We feel it is very important to let you all know as soon as possible because there has been a lot of inaccurate reporting in the media about the negotiations and we want you to be aware of the main facts.

"We are really saddened by this outcome because we always wanted to stay on the BBC. As recently as June we were convinced that was what would happen.

"This has never been about who might write the biggest cheque, but about where we can find the best home for Bake Off. Unfortunately we were unable to agree either a fair valuation, and nor were the BBC able to provide the necessary comfort for the future protection of such a distinctive and much-loved television series."In a statement they added: "After an extraordinary six-year journey with the BBC, Love Productions announces with regret that it has been unable to reach agreement on terms to renew the commission of The Great British Bake Off.

"We will now be focusing on finding a new partner to develop the familiar show that the British public turn to in their millions.

"Love Productions would like to thank the BBC for the role it played in making this show such an enormous hit, and the faith they showed in us over the years to develop it."

In their own statement released this evening, the BBC said they hoped the move could be reversed.

The Great British Bake Off 2015
The Great British Bake Off 2015

The BBC said: "Working with Love Productions, we have grown and nurtured the programme over seven series and created the huge hit it is today.

"We made a very strong offer to keep the show but we are a considerable distance apart on the money. The BBC's resources are not infinite.

"GBBO is a quintessentially BBC programme. We hope Love Productions change their mind so that Bake Off can stay ad-free on BBC One."

It's not clear yet which channel the show could move to with ITV, Channel 4 and Sky all said to be interested.

The Great British Bake Off started on the BBC Two and has grown into the biggest show on TV, scoring 13.5 million viewers for this year's opener.

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