The new presenting line-up for consumer show Watchdog has been confirmed. Sophie Raworth and Michelle Ackerley will be joining Matt Allwright and Chris Hollins for the new series.
“I’m really excited about the new Watchdog line-up. Sophie and Michelle are both great journalists and treasured members of the wider Watchdog team. The studio line-up of Matt, Chris, Sophie and Michelle will bring real dynamism to the team.” – Donna Clark, Head of Commissioning, Factual Formats & Features and Live Events
Sophie is a well-known face on BBC news, and has presented many BBC specials at Royal occasions and other national events. She notes that the show is one of the reasons she wanted to get into television.
“After doing two weeks work experience on the programme when I was 16, I was determined to become a journalist. I’ve presented Watchdog Daily and Test House for the past three years. I’m delighted… It feels like I’ve come full circle.” – Sophie Raworth
Michelle joined the BBC in 2005, and has worked in Current Affairs, Entertainment and Children’s. Her reporting credits include Watchdog and the Crimewatch Roadshow. Michelle said she was thrilled to be a part of the new team.
“I’m passionate about uncovering & investigating new stories and excited to work with Matt, Chris and Sophie. I’m genuinely excited to be part of such a fantastic team.” – Michelle Ackerley
Anne Robinson stepped down from the role as main host to work on Britain’s Spending Secrets, which brought in 5.7 million viewers earlier this year, making it the most watched new factual series on television across all channels in 2015. 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.
The new series of Watchdog starts on Thursday October 8th at 8pm on BBC1.