When does The Apprentice 2016 start? New series begins in October

When is The Apprentice back on TV?

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The Apprentice 2016 start date has been revealed for October this year by Lord Sugar.

The BBC One reality series previously used to air in the spring but the past couple of years its return to TV been pushed back to the autumn.

That's the case again this year with the 2016 Olympics together with the Euro 2016 championships ruling out any summer airing for the show.

Taking to Twitter this week, Lord Sugar confirmed that The Apprentice 2016 would be back on TV from October this year.

Although a precise launch date won't be known for a while yet, based on previous years a premiere on Wednesday, October 12 could be likely.

Joseph Valente won the eleventh series of the business competition back in December of last year, securing a £250,000 investment from Lord Sugar into his gas and plumbing engineering company.

This year's Apprentice will be the twelfth series of the show to air and Lord Sugar, Claude Littner and Karren Brady will all return to the boardroom.

Claude joined the show last year after Nick stepped down and revealed earlier this year: "I’m hoping I will do better this time than I did last time. I think I was all right last year. But I think I can do better."

He explained: "With the role I was doing before, it was right that I was tougher. It’s the interviews so it’s got to be very strict and stern. It’s almost the final at that stage.

"You’re helping find someone who will win. So you can’t play around.

“But when I’m there in my new role I can afford to show a different side to my character."

However the BBC recently issued a warning that the programme could end up being AXED as a result of government cuts.

Director of Policy at the BBC James Heath hit back at the suggestions made in a report released by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport earlier in the year.

"Let's be clear what such proposals would mean," he wrote in a blog post on the BBC website. "On a first analysis, this would mean, for instance, cutting a very long list of long-running shows like Silent Witness, Countryfile, The One Show, Casualty, Holby City, Masterchef, Pointless, The Apprentice, Watchdog, Who Do They Think They Are?, Songs of Praise, Have I Got News For You, The Antiques Roadshow and all their associated shows."

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