Channel 4 won’t reveal Bake Off presenters until next year – and BBC could still block 2017 series

Sources say the broadcaster is a way off naming Paul Hollywood's co-hosts

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Channel 4 will not be announcing its presenting line-up for The Great British Bake Off until 2017 at the earliest.

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The broadcaster is still “a way off” securing hosts for the new-look show, according to sources, after it poached it from the BBC earlier this year.

Paul Hollywood is the only confirmed name for the new line-up, with Mary Berry deciding not to swap sides and Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins having quit soon after the format was bought by C4.

It is also understood that the broadcaster still does not know whether the BBC will hold producers Love Productions to the cooling off clause which theoretically prevents it from airing a series next year.

Channel 4 have only so far confirmed that they will show a ‘celebrity special’ in 2017, and it is understood that the Corporation has not yet notified Love Productions as to whether it will invoke the clause.

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Some observers suggest that the clause is merely a technical contractual detail and that the BBC is unlikely to invoke it, but C4 is not so sure and is understood to be unprepared to take any chances.