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Watchdog is a BBC programme which has had many successes championing the problems of consumers. The show has campaigned for changes in many company policies and tackles small and big companies alike.
The show offers Consumer Advice and consults experts for help on the issues it is reporting on. It also features Rogue Traders who have tried to “rip off” viewers who have written into the programme.
It has tackled a number of larger issues, including false advertising, PPI and Private Health Insurance.
Watchdog works through the relationship it has with its viewers. They are encouraged to contact the show with any consumer-related issues so they can then be looked into by Watchdog’s team.
The programme first started as a regular feature in the Nationwide news magazine programme in 1980. It was presented by Hugh Scully, and when Nationwide ended in 1983, Watchdog continued as part of the programme Sixty Minutes.
In 1985 it began life as a programme in its own right, and in 1987 moved to a regular daytime TV slot. In this format it was presented by husband and wife team of John Stapleton and Lynn Faulds Wood.
In 1993 Anne Robinson took over, and other presenters have included Nicky Campbell and Julia Bradbury.
In May 2009, it was announced that Watchdog would be re-launched. Presenters Julia Bradbury and Nicky Campbell were replaced by former host and The Weakest Link presenter Anne Robinson, along with Anita Rani, and Matt Allwright.
Allwright was known for his show Rogue Traders and this was incorporated into the new programme.
In 2010, former BBC sports presenter and Strictly Come Dancing winner Chris Hollins joined Watchdog, taking over from Anita Rani who had left the programme
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