Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Sir Alan Sugar is under pressure to choose between his position as host of the BBC's The Apprentice and a position in Gordon Brown's government. The BBC's director general, Mark Thompson, said in a letter to Jeremy Hunt, part of the Shadow government, that Sir Alan "cannot play any direct role in formulating government policy. He should not accept a position in which it is his duty to promote or endorse government policy" while he is at the BBC, due to ethical considerations. Meanwhile, some members of the House of Lords have dubbed Sir Alan the "sorcerer's apprentice."