David Cameron couldn't have chosen a better week to bury news of his resignation as an MP because while the former PM's decision was noted by the news media, it was completely swamped by the news that the GBBO is moving from BBC to Channel 4. In terms of what Channel 4 has actually bought for its reported £75M over three years, however, reporting has been patchy.
We've known for a while that Mel and Sue won't be moving to Channel 4, and Mary Berry has now sworn her allegiance to the BBC, leaving Paul Hollywood to head off to Channel 4 all on his lonesome (possibly to be joined by Nadia?). So does that mean that Channel 4 has just bought a very expensive marquee, some brightly-coloured second-hand kitchen equipment and the services of a goatee-bearded, silver-haired (and silver-tongued) cheeky-chappy Scouser?
Television formats are clearly big business (think Top Gear, Strictly Come Dancing, Pop Idol and X-Factor) . However, there's no such thing as a 'format right' under UK law, even though the TV industry would like to have us believe otherwise. TV formats can be copied and no-one can seriously claim that they have exclusivity over a baking competition any more than they can claim exclusivity over the format of a fancy dress competition at a child's birthday party. All of these formats are vulnerable, in legal terms, to being copied and most of the protection that they enjoy is a result of non-legal, commercial factors.