The BBC has axed its consumer rights show ‘watchdog’, instead merging it into its daily magazine programme, ‘the One show’.
Matt Allwright and Nikki Fox will continue to be the faces of Watchdog and will investigate and expose the companies, institutions and fraudsters who’re ripping viewers off.
Rather than being limited to having their concerns addressed within two limited series a year, viewers will now be able to contact the Watchdog investigations team throughout the year, enabling the brand to be even more responsive to consumer complaints.
Alison Kirkham, Controller, BBC Factual, says: “Nikki and Matt will continue to be the viewers trusted guide as the nation’s leading consumer champion moves to The One Show where it will achieve even greater prominence and success in raising awareness of their rights.”
Carla-Maria Lawson, Head of Daytime and Early Peak, says: “Watchdog has been tenaciously fighting for viewers rights since the strand started 40 years ago within Nationwide, so it’s fitting that in its anniversary year we are able to open up the potential for viewers to connect with the brand through The One Show.”
Rob Unsworth, Editor, The One Show, says: ”Bringing the quality, investigative journalism of the much-loved and trusted Watchdog brand to viewers year-round is an exciting move and a great opportunity for The One Show; and means that more than ever the team can react on behalf of consumers whenever stories come up.”