Has BBC Watchdog lost its bite?

brightonman123 Forumite Posts: 8,532 Forumite
seeing last night's episode, seems companies couldn't care less.

The fake car engine guy just did a benny hill chase, and the nowTV rep was all blah blah improving blah blah..
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  • Hezzawithkids
    Hezzawithkids Forumite Posts: 3,018 Forumite
    Yes. It's just a televised version of the Daily Mail, never letting the facts get in the way of a good story. Stopped watching years ago.
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  • Peter333
    Peter333 Forumite Posts: 2,035 Forumite
    Meh... Used to really enjoy it, but now get a bit bored.
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  • redux
    redux Forumite Posts: 22,977
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    I used to call it my favourite comedy programme, but I haven't watched for years.

    The sensationalism kept increasing, and the amount of even handed factual advice falling.
  • roddydogs
    roddydogs Forumite Posts: 7,474
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    It never had any "Bite", been said many times before it has no powers to prosecute, or shut down businesses, that up to TS or the Police.
  • worried_jim
    worried_jim Posts: 11,631
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    You would be an idiot to go on the show now, pointless, just issue a statement so Anne cant talk all over you.
  • andygb
    andygb Forumite Posts: 14,630
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    There would be a point to the programme if all the scammers got locked away, because each week they show plenty of hard evidence.
    The general public need protection from thieves, but what they do not need, is a programme which treats the whole thing as some kind of "Keystone Cops meets Derek Trotter", and then fails to achieve zilch at the end of the show.
  • Cornucopia
    Cornucopia Forumite Posts: 16,091
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    There is a lot wrong with Watchdog - not least the whole range of issues where they are left looking like hypocrites based on the conduct of the BBC 's very own rogue traders TV licensing.
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