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Amazon is new headline sponsor of The Great British Bake Off

The second Channel 4 series of the popular baking programme will be screened later this year.

Amazon has been announced as the new broadcast sponsor for the second series of Channel 4’s The Great British Bake Off in a deal reported to be worth around £5 million.

The sponsorship also extends across Bake Off: An Extra Slice, any festive episodes and Bake Off: The Professionals.

Last year’s sponsors were Lyle’s Golden Syrup and Dr Oetker, marking the first time the popular baking programme had received sponsorship following its move from the commercial-free BBC to Channel 4.

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The Great British Bake Off judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood with 2017 winner Sophie Faldo (Channel 4/PA)

Channel 4’s head of digital and partnership innovation, Jonathan Lewis, said: “It’s a great testimony to the success of Bake Off’s debut on Channel 4 last year that Amazon will sponsor the Bake Off programme brands this year.

“We’re looking forward to working with Amazon as we build towards the launch of one of the biggest TV events of the year.”

According to the Guardian, the deal is believed to be worth around £5 million.

A key focus of the sponsorship for Amazon will be promoting Amazon Echo’s speakers and the capabilities of voice service Alexa, a release said.

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The Great British Bake Off judges and presenters (left to right) Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig (Channel 4/PA)

The show’s judges, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood, will return for Channel 4’s second series of the baking show, alongside hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig.

Last year the show’s debut on Channel 4 delivered some of the highest ratings for the broadcaster to date.

The 2017 Bake Off final was watched by 10 million – six million down on the ratings for the 2016 final on BBC One, but the fourth biggest audience in Channel 4’s 35-year history, figures from an analysis by the Press Association of the top 40 biggest audiences of 2017 show.

The eighth series of Bake Off was won by Sophie Faldo.

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