Time Team expert quits after show hires former model – Daily TV round-up


‘Time Team’ archaeologist Mick Aston has quit the series after the show hired a former model as co-presenter.

Aston, the show's former site director, is said to be angry about the direction that the Channel 4 programme has taken.

The 65-year-old professor has been on the show for 19 years, but his departure comes after the hiring of Mary-Ann Ochota to co-present with Tony Robinson and the letting go of some of the show's other archaeologists.


It's said that anger stemmed from the show's producers’ plans to seek a new female co-presenter who 'does not have to be overly experienced or knowledgeable as we have plenty of expertise within the existing team' and also what he thought were plans to 'cut down the informative stuff about the archaeology'.

“The time had come to leave. I never made any money out of it, but a lot of my soul went into it. I feel really, really angry about it,” he told British Archaeology magazine.

“Whatever happened, we’d all thought, we’ll complete the 20th series. It feels very sad that I shan’t do that. I’m not proud of ‘Time Team’, it hasn’t worked.”

Ochota, who joined the 19th series of the show, has a degree in anthropology and archaeology from Cambridge University. [Daily Telegraph]

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