Alan Sugar confirms Young Apprentice axe

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 February 2013
Lord Alan Sugar

Lord Alan Sugar

Lord Alan Sugar has taken to his Twitter account to confirm the BBC has axed his business challenge show 'Young Apprentice'

Lord Alan Sugar has confirmed 'Young Apprentice' has been axed.

The 65-year-old entrepreneur took to his Twitter account to reveal the BBC have decided not to air anymore episodes of the business challenge show - which sees 12 candidates aged between 16 and 17 contest for an investment fund from the tycoon - much to his frustration.

Writing in block capitals to convey his annoyance in response to a question from a fan, he wrote: "RT: will there be another series of Young Apprentice. hope so..... NO BBC HAVE DECIDED TO STOP IT (sic)"

Following speculation last year that the BBC had decided against renewing the 'Young Apprentice' contract, Lord Sugar slammed the broadcasting corporation and insisted he would be keen to do the show "all day and all night".

He previously said: "The BBC, in their usual manner, like to palm it off that it's not their fault.

"Let me make it perfectly clear - if it doesn't come back, it will be because the BBC hasn't got the funding or they don't wish to commission it again. I would do it all day and all night.

"The fact is that the BBC have financial constraints and have to juggle their scheduling.

"This is one of many programmes which maybe they won't be able to commission again, so there it is."

The last series of 'Young Apprentice' finished in December 2012 and was won by 17-year-old student Ashleigh Porter-Exley, who revealed she was planning to invest her money wisely.

She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I'm looking forward to finishing my qualifications and getting a bit more experience and concentrating on an idea that's going to work rather than just blowing the £25,000. I've got business ideas but until my heart is set on it and I know it's going to work then I'm not going to just throw it away. £25,000 is a lot of money."

Meanwhile, Lord Sugar also confirmed on Twitter that the new series of 'The Apprentice' will air in "late spring this year".

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