LONDON—News emerged recently that the BBC has abandoned a digital production system developed by Siemens, saying the project had been badly managed and outpaced by changing technology. The BBC’s “Digital Media Initiative” was awarded to Siemens in 2008 and was designed to streamline the broadcaster’s workflows, in particular the management of its archives. The collapse of the project led to the suspension of the BBC’s Chief Technology Officer John Linwood.

In 2012, the broadcaster decided to put the project on hold to conduct a review and concluded last month that “it is clear DMI’s ambitions have not been met,” according to Dominic Coles, BBC Director of Operations. Coles added that a wider-ranging investigation will be conducted to determine what went wrong and that disciplinary action could be taken. But Coles also stressed that the need for a comprehensive state of the art digital production system remains.

Source: TV Technology

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