Anne Robinson is to quit Watchdog for a second time. Her decision to step down as presenter on BBC One’s consumer programme is to enable the former Points of View host to begin filming a major new series for BBC One.
The departure from the long running programme, which she first joined twenty two years ago, follows the success of Anne’s recent BBC One programme Britain’s Spending Secrets, which garnered 5.7 million viewers, making it the most watched new factual series on television across all channels this year, and for which Anne received rave reviews. As a result, BBC One has commissioned a new series on which work will begin in the autumn.
“It’s been an honour to be part of the most important consumer show in Britain.” – Anne Robinson
Anne has presented Watchdog for a total of 15 years, she first joined in 1993 taking over from husband and wife presenting duo Lynn Faulds Wood and John Stapleton. She first quit the show in 2001 to dedicate her television time to hosting quiz show The Weakest Link. During her time on the show, Watchdog has taken on some of the world’s biggest companies. At one point, 10 major British corporations met to discuss what they considered unfair treatment by the programme. Anne rejoined the show in 2009, taking over from Nicky Campbell.
“Annie is a much-treasured part of the BBC One family and I’m grateful for everything she has done on Watchdog for nearly 15 years. I’m looking forward to her returning to the channel with a new factual series next year.” – Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One
Watchdog returns for a new series this autumn. A new presenting line up will be announced soon with Matt Allwright and Chris Hollins continuing with the show.