Archive for March 9th, 2012
Kate will not be presenting the next series of Springwatch, but former Really Wild Show host Michaela Strachan will join fellow hosts Martin Hughes-Games and Chris Packham on the series.
The BBC said in a statement: ‘We are delighted Michaela will be joining Chris and Martin.’
However, the BBC have insisted Kate could still return to Springwatch and its sister show Autumnwatch in the future.
The explained: ‘Kate is still very much a part of the Springwatch and Autumnwatch team and presented our Winterwatch special last month.’
Kate recently admitted she ‘never’ wanted TV to take over her life and she would happily stop working in the industry if job offers dried up.
She said: ‘TV is a fantastic job but I have never wanted it to be my life. It’s also a job that you have very little control over. It can be all or nothing. At this point I don’t know how my year is going to pan out. That’s exciting, frustrating and nerve-racking.
‘The types of TV I’m being asked to do I’d be an idiot to turn down because it’s wonderful stuff. But if I get to the stage where I’m not being offered that stuff and it’s a choice of being on the telly or on the farm, the farm would win every time.
‘The reality is I’m either not going to want telly or telly is not going to want me. I’m not going to start sobbing into my beer because I’m getting older and old women don’t get on the telly. It’s just a fact.’
MPs have raised concerns the London 2012 Olympics may go over budget and said it was “staggering” initial estimates about security costs were so wrong.
The Public Accounts Committee’s report also warned the stadium must not become a white elephant.
The government insists it is confident the event will come in under budget.
The Games and legacy projects are expected to cost about £11bn, the report said.
Margaret Hodge, who chairs the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), said: “The venues and infrastructure of the London Olympic Games are on track to be delivered on time and within budget.
“The Olympic Delivery Authority’s management of the building programme has been exemplary.
“However, the £9.3bn public sector funding package is close to being used up and we are concerned about whether the running of the Games will be held within budget.
“Taking into account costs outside the package, the full cost to the public of the Games and legacy projects is already heading for around £11bn.”
‘Weak negotiating position’
Mrs Hodge said the committee was “particularly concerned” about the significant increases in the security bill.
“Locog (the London organising committee) now needs more than twice the number of security guards it originally estimated and the costs have roughly doubled.
“It is staggering that the original estimates were so wrong.”