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BBC abandons £100m digital project (£98.4m down the drain)

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    Posted by eviled2 (U14446578) on Friday, 24th May 2013

    "The BBC is to close its Digital Media Initiative (DMI), after a report found it failed to deliver on its objectives.

    The project, which was launched in 2008, is understood to have cost the BBC £98.4m

    "The DMI project has wasted a huge amount of licence fee payers' money," BBC director general Tony Hall said.

    "I have serious concerns about how we managed this project," he added. He said an internal review had been set up examine what went wrong and why.

    The Digital Media Initiative was aimed at transforming the way staff developed, used and shared video and audio material and was seen as an important part of a move of resources to Salford.

    "Ambitious technology projects like this always carry a risk of failure," Lord Hall said.

    "It does not mean we should not attempt them but we have a responsibility to keep them under much greater control than we did here."

    An internal review of the project was first set up in October 2012 after the BBC Trust expressed serious concerns. Work was temporarily halted pending the review's findings.

    In a letter to Margaret Hodge, chair of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, the BBC Trust's Anthony Fry revealed the project had generated "little or no assets".

    "It is of utmost concern to us that a project which had already failed to deliver value for money in its early stages has now spent so much more of licence fee payers' money," he said.

    "We intend to act quickly to ensure that there can be no repeat of a failure on this scale."

    The corporation said the initiative had been badly managed and outpaced by the change in technology, and that to carry on would simply be throwing good money after bad.

    John Linwood, the BBC's chief technology officer, has been suspended."

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    Posted by BBC auto-messages (U294) on Friday, 24th May 2013

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    Posted by st3ph3n (U13643748) on Friday, 24th May 2013

    The corporation said the initiative had been badly managed and outpaced by the change in technology, and that to carry on would simply be throwing good money after bad.

    John Linwood, the BBC's chief technology officer, has been suspended."  


    .... on full pay, no doubt ? In other words "on leave with pay" ....

    " good money after bad" they said.

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