Lord Patten criticised by MPs for blocking publication of documents relating to corporation’s failed £100m IT project
MPs have accused the BBC Trust chairman, Lord Patten, of “obstruction and secrecy” for stopping the corporation publishing key documents about a failed £100m IT project.
Patten ordered the corporation not to disclose sensitive material in response to a freedom of information request from the Guardian, warning its release would cause damage and prompt a “trial by media”.
The BBC had been asked to publish briefing material prepared for the former director general Mark Thompson before he gave evidence to parliament in 2011. MPs later claimed that BBC executives’ statements “just weren’t true”.
The BBC’s ambitious Digital Media Initiative (DMI) was designed to do away with videotape and digitise the BBC’s archives, but it was axed in May 2013, wasting £98.4m of licence fee-payers’ money.