BBC signs deal with IBM to salvage part of failed digital project

BBC signs deal with IBM to salvage part of failed digital project 

The broadcaster will continue to operate its Fabric Archive Database

The BBC has signed a £5 million deal with IBM to continue to support and operate its Fabric Archive Database (FAD), which is the only element of its failed Digital Media Initiative that it is attempting to salvage.

It was revealed in May this year that the BBC’s chief technology officer, John Linwood, had been suspended after deciding to abandon the £98 million digital project.

However, the broadcaster has now said that the FAD – a system that allows users to search and request access to the BBC’s archive of tapes and other media – is the “only component of the developed applications that would remain operational”.

Source: Computer World UK

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