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Dozens of BBC employees caught in €13.5k Great British Bake Off betting scandal

Published 06/10/2015 | 09:26

Judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry
Judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry

It is believed that numerous employees at the BBC have placed hundreds of bets on the winner of the popular cookery show, which has already been recorded.

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The British broadcasting channel is investigating claims that its staff have been involved in a betting scandal.

Ladbrokes said that workers at the corporation have been placing bets on the winner of the show, which was decided on during the summer.

The final airs this Wednesday evening, with Nadiya Hussain, Ian Cumming and Tamal Ray in the race for the coveted title.

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Nadiya Jamir Hussain is aiming to rise to the top the Great British Bake Off

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According to Ladbrokes, dozens of new gambling accounts were opened by individuals with links to the BBC and Love Productions, which makes the hit show, with some £10,000 being placed on one of the finalists.

Great British Bake Off semi-finalist Tamal told the Radio Times he has to eat sushi and wear his lucky socks on Bake Off days (BBC/PA)
Great British Bake Off semi-finalist Tamal told the Radio Times he has to eat sushi and wear his lucky socks on Bake Off days (BBC/PA)

"Whoever is doing this thinks they are being very clever," a source from Ladbroke told The Sun newspaper

"But they are not that smart as they have been using their own names to open accounts.

"A quick Google and you can see that [some of them work] in television and have close links to the BBC and Great British Bake Off’s production company," he continued.

"Lots of the other accounts appear to be owned by friends and family of culprits.

Paul Hollywood is a judge on The Great British Bake Off
Paul Hollywood is a judge on The Great British Bake Off

"They must think we are a bit thick but we know how to sniff out funny business like this.

"Placing everything on one baker again and again immediately set off red flags."

Contestants on the Great British Bake Off
Contestants on the Great British Bake Off

A BBC spokesman said: "We have no knowledge of these claims and have asked The Sun to provide us with details to be able to look into it. We are still waiting."

Love Productions said: "We take any allegation of breach extremely seriously”.

All eyes will be on the three contestants on Wednesday's tense final. Mr Cumming and Mrs Hussain have won Star Baker three times each, while Mr Ray has just earned the title just once.

British Prime Minister has tipped mother-of-three Nadiya to win.

The Leeds native recently told the Radio Times that she hopes to prove herself by winning the show.

"Originally, I was a bit nervous that people would look at me, a Muslim in a headscarf, and wonder if I could bake. But I hope that week by week people have realised that I can bake - and just because I'm not a stereotypical British person, it doesn't mean that I am not into bunting, cake and tea," she said.

"I'm just as British as anyone else, and I hope I have proved that. The feedback I have had reveals how accepting people are of different cultures and religions. Now people know who I am, I can see how tolerant and accepting British society is."

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