Friday 9 December 2016

Sir David Attenborough says BBC 'absolutely right' to let Bake Off go

Published 01/11/2016 | 00:06

Asked if they were right not to renew their deal, Sir David told the Radio Times:
Asked if they were right not to renew their deal, Sir David told the Radio Times: "Oh, absolutely right!"

Sir David Attenborough has said the BBC was "absolutely right" to let The Great British Bake Off go.

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The BBC One baking show has been snapped up by rival broadcaster Channel 4 in a deal reportedly worth around £75 million.

When it emerged that the BBC had lost the rights to Bake Off, the corporation said it "made a very strong offer to keep the show but we are a considerable distance apart on the money".

Asked if they were right not to renew their deal with the production company, Love Productions, Sir David told the Radio Times: "Oh, absolutely right!

"To say to them, 'If you want another million, go ahead, we've got plenty more ideas where that came from'."

However, the broadcaster - a former BBC Two controller - admitted he did not agree with the BBC sacking former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

Clarkson was fired from the motoring show in March last year following a "fracas" with a producer, while his co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond quit in solidarity.

Sir David said of that decision: "Well, yes, I regret letting Clarkson go, because it's very good to have a voice that's anti-establishment, or so profoundly anti-establishment."

Clarkson, May and Hammond will be reunited for a new motoring show, The Grand Tour, for Amazon Prime.

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