The BBC Wasted £98m of Your Money and then Binned the Project

By Sam Gibbs on at

The BBC's Digital Media Initiative was meant to modernise the way the BBC worked, produced content, and used and shared video and audio. Unfortunately, despite being labelled as "critical" to the BBC's future, it simply wasted money and ended in failure. And a £98m-of-licence-fee-payers-money failure at that.

The BBC's chief Technology Officer, John Linwood, has apparently been suspended ahead of disciplinary measures. The whole project has been labelled "a terrible shock and clearly completely shambolic", with an internal review that began back in October 2012 only now coming to fruition.

The project kicked-off when Siemens won the contract back in 2008, but was then taken over by an internal BBC team in 2010. The review seems to conclude that the DMI couldn't keep pace with the evolving technology, and that in the five years it ran, better, more cost effective off-the-shelf software for managing, delivering and sharing digital assets had cropped up.

Not that that helps the fact that close to £100m of licence fee payers' money had been blown on what sums to essentially nothing. Let's hope the BBC puts in place some stern measures to avoid this kind of thing happening again without massacring successes like the iPlayer. [BBC]

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