Public Accounts Committee


The Public Accounts Committee took evidence on the BBC's failed Digital Media Initiative (DMI) scheme on 3 February 2014.

A recent report from the National Audit Office found that the £98.4m project failed due to "confusion and lack of planning".

DMI had been intended to move the BBC away from using video tape, but it was scrapped in May 2013.

The BBC's new director general Tony Hall described the plans as "a waste of huge amounts of licence fee payers' money".

The BBC's technology chief John Linwood - one of today's witnesses - was sacked over the project's demise.

MPs also heard evidence from current and former BBC officials including:

  • Mark Thompson, former director general
  • Caroline Thomson, former Chief Operating Officer
  • Zarin Patel, former Chief Financial Officer
  • Anthony Fry, former BBC Trustee
  • Dominic Coles, Director of Operations

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