Mick Aston quits Time Team after producers hire former model co-presenter
Mick Aston, the archeologist, has quit Time Team after producers hired a
former model as the programme’s co-presenter.
The 65-year-old, who has been on the show for 19 years, said he had been left
“really angry” by changes which led to the introduction of co-presenter
Mary-Ann Ochota and some archaeologists being axed.
In an interview with the magazine British Archaeology, Prof Aston, the show’s
former site director, said: “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 was responding to changes first proposed by producers at Channel 4 in late
2010, which included a new presenter to join Tony Robinson and decisions to
“cut down the informative stuff about the archaeology”.