The Great British Bake Off to be longer than an hour each episode following move to Channel 4?

Published Friday, Sep 23 2016, 13:26 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Rumour has it that episodes of The Great British Bake Off are going to be longer than their usual hour, following the show's move to Channel 4.

Thanks to being on the BBC, Bake Off currently has no adverts and the fact that it may have to start including breaks once it jumps ship to Channel 4 had left some fans concerned.

Although, if the latest reports are true, we won't have to cut short our time in the tent, as Channel 4 could be making each episode longer, so we still get as much of a baking fix as before.

Great British Bake Off: Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and Sue Perkins
7 September

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According to The Telegraph, executives at the channel have decided they won't sacrifice any of the show's running time to accommodate for adverts - meaning Bake Off could now run for more than an hour each week.

Nothing has yet been confirmed, though, and like the rest of the news surrounding Bake Off, what will happen with adverts and the show seems a little contradictory.

The Independent has suggested that Channel 4 could decide to stick to NO adverts. TV director and producer Joe Myerscough, who has worked for Channel 4 previously, claimed he has already heard through the grapevine that they are planning to run Bake Off advert free when it lands in 2018.

How? He claimed on Twitter: "The sponsorship value of the show is so high they don't need them."

What we do know, however, is that Channel 4's version of GBBO won't include Mary Berry.

The Great British Bake Off. Broadcast on BBC OneHD
Mary Berry

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Mary has now confirmed her exit from the show, out of loyalty to the BBC.

She said in a statement: "What a privilege and honour it has been to be part of 7 years of magic in a tent - The Great British Bake Off. The Bake Off family - Paul, Mel and Sue have given me so much joy and laughter.

"My decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to them, as they have nurtured me, and the show, that was a unique and brilliant format from day one. I am just sad for the audience who may not be ready for change, I hope they understand my decision. I wish the programme, crew and future bakers every possible success and I am so very sad not to be a part of it.

"Farewell to soggy bottoms."

Her decision to leave came after show hosts Mel Geidroyc and Sue Perkins revealed they had quit the Bake Off. Again, they explained they had wanted the show to stay with the BBC and said: "We're not going with the dough."

The Great British Bake Off. Broadcast on BBC OneHD
Paul Hollywood

© BBC / Supplied by WENN

Paul Hollywood, meanwhile, HAS decided to stick with Bake Off and will be a judge when it switches channels. He has signed a three-year-deal with Channel 4, and there's been PLENTY of speculation when it comes to how much he will be getting paid.

Figures are ranging from £1.2million to £7million!

In a statement, Paul said: "It's been a huge part of my life in the past few years and I just couldn't turn my back on all that - the bakers themselves, the bakes, the team that makes it, and of course the tent, the bunting, and who could forget… the squirrels.

"So I am delighted that I will be continuing as a judge when Bake Off moves to Channel 4. I want to thank the BBC and Mel and Sue for making my time in the tent great fun and really rewarding."

He added on Twitter: "I'm staying in the tent with the bakers where I belong. I want to thank Mary. I'll miss her but she has made the right decision for her."

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