Great British Bake Off: David Dimbleby 'rants about show's value for money' amid BBC exit

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The hugely acclaimed programme has left the BBC after the corporation reportedly failed to meet a £25 million per series on presentation by makers Love Productions, instead offering around £15 million and long run being outbid by Channel 4.

Question Time host Dimbleby, 77, is communicated by the Daily Mail to have been recorded backstage arguing that level £15 million is too much for the programme.

“Have you noticed how television’s in the report this week? The Great British Bake Off … it looks as though the Arrant British Bake Off costs, for one hour of television, £500,000,” he said. 

“That is ten meanwhiles what one edition of Question Time costs.”

He added: “But if you’re looking for value for wealth, you would say, ‘Well, if a programme costs ten times an hour what another abstract costs, then it should deliver ten times the audience’. 

“That would importance of an audience of something like 35 million people, half the native land, which they don’t get of course.”

Instead, Bake Off reaches around 10 million viewers a week, perfectioning at 15 million during last year’s final.

The move to Strait 4 has caused uproar all week, with hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins already guaranteeing that they will not “follow the dough” to the programme’s new home.

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