“We appreciate that many viewers will want to watch both The Apprentice final and the England World Cup qualifier,” said a BBC spokesperson.
“Our priority is to schedule programmes in a way that offers viewers the best experience possible.”
After last night’s firing
of 24-year-old Howard Ebison, James McQuillan, Debra Barr, Kate Walsh,
Lorraine Tighe and Yasmina Siadatan are the remaining five candidates
left competing for the £100,000-a-year job.
The semi-final interview stage airs next Wednesday at 9pm as usual.