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Hunt angry at Sugar's Apprentice role

June 19, 2009

Shadow Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has made a formal complaint to the BBC over its decision to allow Sir Alan Sugar to continue to present The Apprentice despite being a government adviser.

He had earlier said that the businessman could not combine his roles of BBC presenter and government adviser and questioned “the strength of the BBC’s rules on political impartiality”.


Very small spoonful of Sugar

By Simon Round, May 7, 2009

Sir Alan Sugar might well admire Charlie Burden for Sir Alan Sugar: The Biography, (John Blake, £17.99) in the sense that Burden has thrown together a product and could well turn a nice little profit on it.

But then Sir Alan has always prided himself on the quality of his product, which is absent here. As indeed is Sir Alan himself — Burden has not interviewed the grizzled panjandrum of The Apprentice, nor does he seem to have spoken to anyone close to Sugar.


Sir Alan lands a £30m government contract

By Candice Krieger, May 7, 2009

Sir Alan Sugar’s IT company, Viglen, has beaten a string of overseas firms to secure a contract worth £30 million to supply equipment to government bodies.

Having been selected by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), Viglen will supply a range of computer equipment to the public sector. It will provide around 70,000 computers to more than 45 central and local government councils, including a number of NHS and local education authorities, over the next two years.


Sir Alan: some jews are miserable (but not me)

By Simon Round, April 2, 2009

In a recent interview in The Guardian, Sir Alan Sugar commented on the fact that while he had been left out of the JC’s Power 100 of this country’s most influential Jews, the JC had attempted to make amends by declaring him The Most Entertaining Jew on TV. Sir Alan said (rather miserably, we thought): “Well, it’s not hard to be number one entertaining Jew. Some of them are quite bleeding bloody miserable, really.”


Apprentice drop-out says: I ran for my wife

By Jan Shure, March 26, 2009

The contestant who dropped out of The Apprentice because he could not face being apart from his wife and young children for up to three months has said the decision to leave was the hardest one he has ever made.

Adam Freeman, 31, who lives in Chigwell, Essex, with his wife Joanna and their daughters, Sienna and Peyton, was due to be one of 16 candidates in the current series of the hit BBC1 reality TV show which began on Wednesday.


SIr Alan hires Premier Inn

By Candice Krieger, January 29, 2009

Sir Alan Sugar’s former Amstrad offices in Brentwood are to become a hotel. Sir Alan is relocating his offices to Loughton and a 25-year lease at an undisclosed rent has been agreed with Premier Inn and Sir Alan’s property company Amsprop, to redevelop the space into a 120-room hotel.


Apprentice star Sugar quits Amstrad

By Candice Krieger, July 2, 2008

Sir Alan Sugar has stepped down as chairman of Amstrad, the electronics company he founded 40 years ago.

The 61-year-old star of BBC Ones’s Apprentice said the departure was a "planned move" following the company's acquisition by BSkyB last year.

But the self-made multi-millionaire is not retiring. He will continue to be involved with his other business interests, including Amshold, Amsprop, Amsair and Viglen computers.


Michael Sophocles: 'Of course I know kosher'

By Craig Silver, June 19, 2008

The failed Apprentice candidate, who embarrassed himself on national TV with his lack of kashrut knowledge, sees his next task as learning to become more Jewish


He's fired - and this time it's kosher

By Craig Silver, May 29, 2008

The nice Jewish boy of The Apprentice on BBC1 finally lost his chance of a six-figure salary with Sir Alan Sugar’s Amstrad company this week when he was sacked.

But the self-styled natural-born salesman, who repeatedly avoided dismissal by narrow margins, is still quids in: he has sold his story to a national newspaper.


Sir Alan, you're hired as our rep

By Jonathan Freedland, May 16, 2008

Alan Sugar is the most visible Jew in this country. And that’s no bad thing

I was hooked even before the chicken. Wednesday nights have been ring-fenced in the diary since the latest series of The Apprentice began, but my addiction goes back even further. To me, Sir Alan Sugar and his would-be employees have become a harbinger of summer, like the sound of leather on willow: when they re-appear, I know that winter is over at last.