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Lord Sugar's tech advisor doesn't get tech

ISP? What's that?
Thu Dec 16 2010, 11:35

THE APPRENTICE interview round is always worth building your diary around, or at least setting the Sky+ for.

This year, we had the welcome return of Margaret Mountford, with her trademark eyebrow-raise to express her disbelief at some of the tales she was being spun by the remaining five candidates. And as an added bonus we also got greater insight into the inner workings of Lord Sugar's empire through the presence of one of his chosen technology advisors.

Bordan Tkachuk, one of The Apprentice interviewers, is CEO of Lord Sugar's Viglen, described as a "direct manufacturer specialising in computers, networks and solutions". Clearly the networks part doesn't really cross into Tkachuk's line of expertise, as on last night's programme he defined ISP as an "Internet service protocol".

In other circumstances this slip might have gone unnoticed, as we all instead concentrated on who would make the final cut. But what made Tkachuk's comment stand out was his warning to candidate 'Stuart Baggs the Brand' not to try and spin him a line as he knows all about technology.

Stuart, who supposedly runs a telecoms company on the Isle of Man, failed to correct Tkachuk over the protocol versus provider mix-up. But I'm not sure if this was due to his similar lack of knowledge, his fear of ruining his chances by correcting his interviewer, or just plain shock that the man sitting opposite him is paid huge sums by Lord Sugar to run a technology company.

In the end Baggs, along with candidates Jamie Lester and Joanna Riley, got the push from the boardroom. But those in the information technology business know there was only one fair outcome of The Apprentice last night: "Bordan - you're fired!" µ



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