The Apprentice's Alan Sugar takes swipe at BBC for shock schedule shake-up with Dragons' Den

THE Apprentice’s Alan Sugar has hit out at the BBC over a shock schedule shake-up with Dragons’ Den.

After solely occupying Wednesday nights on the schedule for the last 16 years, The Apprentice will instead move to the Thursday slot – and Lord Sugar isn't happy.

Both business-based shows will now air on the same night, with Dragons' Den coming on first at 8pm and The Apprentice following an hour later.

Much to his dismay, Lord Sugar suggested that BBC bosses are attempting to turn Thursdays into a “business night”.

Speaking at a packed-out press event, the 74-year-old said: "I only noticed myself that the BBC had decided to play Dragons’ Den beforehand and I’m not quite sure what their thinking is.

"Perhaps they’re making Thursday business night or something, I don’t know. They don’t share their scheduling ideas with me."

He went on to take a cheeky swipe at his rivals in the Den, adding: "There is an argument that says you’ll get so bored you might not bother to tune into us afterwards."

However, he quickly affirmed: "That’s a joke! It’s a joke, don’t take exception to it."

Continuing in his normal straight-talking manner, he added: "But I should imagine that it’ll be a nice warm-up to The Apprentice.

"They’ve moved the scheduling to a Thursday for the first time ever in 16 years – it’s always been a Wednesday night thing. 

“Again, this is a BBC decision which was not shared with me, I was just told about it, but it should make no difference whatsoever."

It isn't the first time that Lord Sugar has taken aim at the BBC.

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Last October, he lashed out at showrunners for "ruining" The Repair Shop, tweeting: "People really like the show The Repair Shop, lately, it seems to focus more on sad stories of the owners rather than showing the repair of the object.

"This distracts from the original concept of seeing the repair executed. Please fix it BBC, you are ruining a great programme."

The Apprentice returns on Thursday, January 6 at 9pm on BBC One.

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