Nadiya Hussain believes Bake Off still has ingredients for success at Channel 4


The Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain has embraced the show's move to Channel 4 amid speculation she could land a role in the new series.

Hussain, 31, has been tipped as a possible presenter or judge after Mary Berry, 81, Mel Giedroyc, 48, and Sue Perkins, 47, decided to stay at the BBC.

Hussain, who won the show in an emotional final in 2015, told BBC Breakfast: "Change happens, change comes and wherever it goes, whatever it does, I just want it to do well because it's something I've spent the last six years watching."

She admitted that the show's hosts Perkins and Giedroyc were integral to the success of Bake Off.

"They're so important to the show. Every time I was falling apart they would come and say 'it's just cake you can do this'," she said.

But Hussain added: "I'm all about change. It's gone somewhere else. I don't think we like change sometimes as humans. I don't think there's anything wrong with that (change). Hopefully it will work somewhere else."

Berry, who has been at the heart of the BBC1 show, is remaining at the corporation and saying "farewell to soggy bottoms".

Paul Hollywood announced last week that he will make the move to Channel 4, saying that he could not "turn my back" on the white tent, which is where he belongs.

Asked if she would join Bake Off if asked, Hussain said: "I'm kind of enjoying what I'm doing. I've written these books. I love writing, love cooking, love baking.

"I'm really enjoying what I'm doing and I don't want that to be taken away from me. I'm having such a good time at the moment." 

The mother-of-three said of Bake Off: "It's the least competitive competition in the world. You actually like each other.

"It's this camaraderie in the competition that you don't see anywhere else. You want to win but you want everybody else to do really well. You go in as 12 and want to come out as 12."

Her comments come after the Bake Off move sparked a public row between the BBC and Channel 4.

James Purnell, the BBC's director of strategy, told the Royal Television Society conference that viewers were "extremely saddened that they're not going to have something they absolutely love" with the show moving.

"You're going to have your own take on it, but I think something really, really precious will be lost," he said, adding that Channel 4 had "given ammunition to the people who want to privatise" the broadcaster.

But Jay Hunt, Channel 4´s chief creative officer, hit back, telling him that Channel 4 did not poach Bake Off.

The relationship between the BBC and the show's creators, Love Productions, is said to have deteriorated over budget rows and accusations that the corporation had used its format for other shows.

"I understand how painful it is to lose franchises, but let's be utterly clear: this is an independent producer who, after three years of an increasingly dysfunctional relationship, decided they would no longer make the show for you," the Channel 4 boss said.

"At that point, that franchise was in the market. I appreciate that's very painful and if I was sitting at the BBC, I would be thinking quite long and hard about how that situation had arisen. But that is what happened."