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Do reality TV shows help or hinder entrepreneurship?

When they first aired in 2005, few would’ve expected the BBC’s Dragons’ Den and The Apprentice to pull in millions of viewers a week 14 years later. At its peak, The Apprentice had over 10 million viewers and was still watched by six million in 2018. Dragons’ Den has consistently brought in 2-4 million viewers per episode throughout its run.

Televising the concept of entrepreneurship and running a business by showcasing it to tens of millions of viewers has proved controversial in the world of entrepreneurs and has been subject to some heavy criticism surrounding the authenticity of these so-called ‘reality’ TV shows.

What do members of the Great British Entrepreneurs Champions Hall of Fame think? Our friend Jo Dalton, founder of JD&Co asked the question in the final Entrepreneur Sessions interview.