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This year's series of The Apprentice has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the BBC has said.

The show, which sees Sir Alan Sugar pick a business partner, normally starts in October. 

But series 16 has been put on hold in the interests of "production safety and the wellbeing of everyone involved". 

Instead, highlights of previous boardroom highs and lows will be broadcast later this year. 

Lord Sugar has previously said the series could be pushed back to next spring or by a whole year. 

Last week, the businessman was criticised for appearing to downplay the impact of the virus, saying lockdown restrictions should be lifted faster, as he had seen happen in the US. 

Speaking on Jeremy Vine's Channel 5 show from his home in Florida, the 73-year-old said: "I just, logically, say, 'Well hold on, six weeks when we've come out of this so-called lockdown, who's dead?' 

"I'm not. I'm still alive. My wife, thank God, is still alive. So's everybody else I know. No-one else has caught anything."

24 June 2020                                            Back to the headlines

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