The BBC say Channel 4’s decision to air Great British Bake Off on Tuesdays is a “cynical move”
The BBC have accused Channel 4 of a “cynical move”, after the rival broadcaster made the decision to air the Great British Bake Off on the same day as its own new baking show.
Hosted by Nadiya Hussain, the Big Family Cooking Showdown made its debut on BBC One this Tuesday at 8pm. However, bosses have chosen to make a drastic change to the series’ schedule after discovering Channel 4 will broadcast GBBO at the same time.
A spokeswoman for the BBC told the Independent newspaper: “Channel 4’s decision to move Bake Off from its long-term traditional Wednesday slot will be a surprise to many viewers who may see this as a cynical move. We never intended for our new cookery show to clash with theirs.
“There is room for both and we don’t, in this instance, see any public value in two public service broadcasters going head to head in this way. We will therefore move our show to Thursday in the best interest of viewers to avoid such a clash.”
However, Channel 4 has insisted the clash in timings is just a coincidence. A spokesperson explained: “We made the decision about where to schedule The Great British Bake Off a few months after acquiring it and we haven’t moved it since then.
“It is in the original Tuesday evening slot where the majority of past series have played.”
Channel 4’s Bake Off will premiere on August 29 at 8pm and will see the return of judge Paul Hollywood, who will be joined by new faces Prue Leith, Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding.
The Great British Bake Off will return August 29 on Channel 4.