Piece of World Cup lands in Olympic Park
Every so often I post a quick update on what we're up to - mainly to keep everyone informed of what the BBC 2012 project is doing, but also in the interests of accountability. This blog literally answers to you.
So two things to mention today.
First, a long-running theme: we've secured outline planning permission for our studio in the Olympic Park. This will perform a similar function to the presentation studio we used in Beijing - being at the centre of the action and with a panorama of all the main venues.
We'll publish more information about the studio in the coming weeks, but the headlines are that we've prioritised sustainability and value for money.
Part of the construction involves using shipping containers, which are economic and eco-friendly; and on top of them we'll be putting the World Cup studio from Cape Town in 2010, which BBC Sport promised would be re-used.
So Gary Lineker, for one, should feel at home; and the crowds in the Olympic Park will see the BBC studio in a great location.
Second, I wrote a few months back about our ticket purchases.
We set tough rules: business and production use only and we wouldn't buy super-premium tickets. We also bought no tickets for ceremonies and we guaranteed there would be no free tickets for the personal use of our staff or presenters.
At the time our total number of purchases was, as I said, an average of 27 a day over the competition period - 488 in total.
There has always been an option for us to return up to 20% of this total and get our money back if the detailed planning showed there were tickets we might not need; and, having made a fresh assessment of our production and business needs, that's what we've now done.
So 100 tickets have gone back to Locog, and our new total is 388 and as promised, we will publish the information about how we use any tickets for business use.
Both these developments show our over-riding aim for 2012 - which is to spend money on the output where it can be enjoyed by tens of millions of people. It's an investment we're determined to use wisely.