The Great British Bake Off will air on Channel 4 this year, after the BBC pulled back on their legal dispute.
After it was confirmed by Love Productions that the show would be moving, the BBC stated there was a clause that the channel would have to wait a year before airing their first series.
As part of the Channel 4 deal, they purchased the rights to the baking show in a multi-million pound, three-year deal, starting from 2018.
Now the BBC has revealed it’s waived this clause allowing the series to begin on Channel 4 later this year.
An insider told BBC News: “We don’t want to get in the way of them reinventing the programme.
“In this instance, we believe it would be undignified to have one public service broadcaster in a potential dispute with another and the associated costs for each party would ultimately come out of programming budgets.
The new look show will see new hosts and judges after Mary Berry and hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins all quit.
Speaking at the National TV Awards last night, Mary said: “I’m delighted to stay with the BBC and I’ve got all sorts of exciting projects I’m looking forward to doing.”
A BBC spokesperson said: “The BBC is proud of the part it has played in growing and nurturing the programme – doing that is at the core of what the BBC does. We have many exciting projects for the future. Watch this space.”
The Great British Bake Off will air on Channel 4 in 2017.