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Anne Robinson returns to Watchdog

Anne Robinson
Anne Robinson began hosting The Weakest Link in 2000

Presenter and quiz show host Anne Robinson is making a return to BBC consumer show Watchdog.

The 64-year-old will be replacing current presenters Nicky Campbell and Julia Bradbury when the show returns in the autumn in an hour-long format.

Robinson first presented the series between 1993 and 2001, before going on to host of The Weakest Link in the UK and US.

Campbell has committed to relocating to Salford with Radio 5 Live.

Bradbury will remain a regular presenter on Countryfile.

BBC One controller Jay Hunt said: "Anne Robinson's sharp wit combined with her passion for popular journalism makes her the ideal people's champion. I am thrilled she will be returning to Watchdog."

Watchdog launched as a stand-alone weekly consumer affairs programme in 1985, fronted by Nick Ross and Lynn Faulds Wood. The next year Wood's husband John Stapleton replaced Ross.

Robinson will continue to host The Weakest Link in the UK, although her stint as as quizmaster on the US version was not a success and the show was cancelled after two seasons.

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