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Sep 14, 2016

The Guardian | UK | Media | Media Guardian Briefing: Rona Fairhead Quits BBC, Bake Off Crumbles

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The big story

Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc will not move with Bake Off to Channel 4, but what about Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry?
Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc will not move with Bake Off to Channel 4, but what about Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry? Photograph: Mark Bourdillon/BBC/Love Productions
The impending crumbling of the presenting quartet that helped make Bake Off such a success will have turned Channel 4’s surprise £25m deal to air the next three series slightly sour. It’s a lot of dough, after all, to pay for something without one of the key ingredients.
But while what happens to Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry will be the next big concern for Channel 4, it also raises big issues for the future of the BBC.
As Mark Lawson writes, in a world where most BBC productions are opened up for competition, it’s more important than ever that the corporation manages to make some of its biggest hits in house, something of which BBC Studios boss Mark Linsey will be keenly aware.

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And finally...

As one of, if not the, biggest show in the UK, each episode of Bake Off spurs huge volumes of social media contributions. But going by Twitter’s reaction to the news last night of Sue and Mel’s departure it seems that it doesn’t even have to be on our TV screens to get people reaching for their phones.
— Chris Williams (@cg_williams) September 13, 2016
I take this back. Turns out it is a very risky commission.
— Stuart Heritage (@stuheritage) September 13, 2016
Hearing reports that flour is to step down as a Great British Bake Off ingredient when it moves to Channel 4