The Apprentice 2013: Lord Sugar blasts BBC over Young Apprentice axe

The Apprentice 2013

Apprentice boss Lord sugar has hit out at the BBC for axing spin off the Young Apprentice.

Three series of the junior version of the BBC show aired before the channel decided not to renew its contract.

The show had seen 16 to 18 year olds competing in a shorter version of the main show to win access to a £25,000 fund to kickstart their careers.

Speaking at the launch of the apprentice 2013 yesterday, Lord sugar was clearly unhappy with the decision, especially following the show's recent BAFTA nomination for a second year in a row.

He said: "The BBC commissioners have decided not to recommission it. So you can see the logical thinking there."

"They will have to explain it me if we pick up the gong next week."

Meanwhile, Lord sugar also revealed that a tenth series of the main program was not yet confirmed.

He said: "They [the BBC] are the ones who will make the decision based on the reaction in the marketplace. You know how they judge television shows, on viewing audiences and all that stuff. [But] I think The Apprentice has got longevity in it."

Lord Sugar continued: "As long as we make it interesting and we get interesting characters, it can keep going. I know it's difficult with tasks because they are either buying, selling, negotiating or manufacturing, but that's business.

"At the end of the day it's all down to the candidates, the characters and the people. I'm sure if it's interesting enough the BBC will continue to commission it."

The Apprentice 2013 starts on BBC One next Tuesday.

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