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Strictly Come Dancing, Top Gear and The Apprentice rumoured to be getting the axe

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

Bond girl Fiona Fullerton from the Cotswold appeared on last year's show

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Strictly Come Dancing, Top Gear and The Apprentice are all rumoured to get the axe.

The former BBC boss Ed Williams has revealed concerns the shows, along with Dragons’ Den and The One Show are nearing the end of their “natural lives”,

But what could replace the popular shows among Gloucestershire’s households is unknown.

The former director of communications was reported as saying the BBC had failed to come up with a Saturday night ratings winner for years.

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He said: “I think there’s a series of very popular formats which over the next five to ten years will reach the end of their natural lives, such as Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice, Dragons’ Den, Top Gear, The One Show,” the Express reported.

His comments come after last year’s dancing show suffered its lowest ratings for a final in four years.

More than 11.5million people watched Abbey Clancy as she was crowned the 2013 Strictly champion in comparison to 11.9 million people who tuned in to see gymnast Louis Smith win the previous year.

In 2010 the figure was 13 million for both shows.

He was said to have made the comments in a new book, called Is The BBC In Crisis?.

He also said the best writing talents avoided working for the taxpayer-funded corporation because of lower salaries.

He said: “What I think is particularly challenging for the BBC is how can they make the case to get the best creative people at the BBC coming up with these ideas when, actually, if you’ve got a great idea, why take it to the BBC?” the BBC reported.

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  • Glosislovely  |  March 01 2014, 12:40AM

    They've all hit the rocks now.

  • SteveNumber1  |  February 28 2014, 12:16PM

    Great, no more clarkson, hommond or may, lets hope they have also reached the end of their natural tv life, or they go to childrens tv, because that's what they act like.

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  • Beegeeuk  |  February 28 2014, 10:47AM

    Top Gear forever!!! Don't watch the others so don't care!!!

  • verysceptical  |  February 27 2014, 7:34PM

    More syndicated cr@p from the owners of the Echo. Our LOCAL newspaper. For what its worth (not a lot written by DMGT is worth writing about) the book being promoted in the Metro was written by an embittered EX BBC employee. The key bit of that is EX. As other have commented, the programmes he claims are towards the end of their natural lives are among the most popular on TV. Ergo they will stay for as long as possible because they make money.

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  • agaga  |  February 27 2014, 1:17PM

    NOT. i mean

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  • agaga  |  February 27 2014, 1:17PM

    good, programs like this should be supported by advertising mot my licence fee

  • dcfc79  |  February 27 2014, 11:25AM

    Cant see any of them shows getting the axe, I watch Top Gear, Apprentice and Dragons Den which I cant see nearing the end of its natural life and the same for The One Show.

  • GlosAnarchy  |  February 27 2014, 11:16AM

    Talking about getting the axe "The former BBC boss Ed Williams"

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  • GlostaBoy123  |  February 27 2014, 10:56AM

    Top Gear surely will be popular for as long as new cars are veing invented!

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  • Beekeeper  |  February 27 2014, 10:52AM

    Local news please, not this rubbish.

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