Maragret Hodge, MP who chairs public accounts committee, calls saga ‘catalogue of how not to run a major programme’
Mark Thompson is to face more questioning by MPs about his time in charge of the BBC next week after the corporation faced further sustained criticism over its handling of a failed IT project that resulted in “astronomic losses” for licence-fee payers.
Margaret Hodge, the Labour MP who chairs the Commons public accounts committee, said the failures revealed in a National Audit Office report on the Digital Media Initiative (DMI) – which was scrapped last year with £98.4m of licence-fee money written off – “go right to the top” of the corporation.
The initiative was supposed to deliver a BBC-wide digital video archive and editing system, removing the need for videotape.
Hodge said the BBC executive board, led by former director general Thompson, “applied insufficient scrutiny” to the project during 2011 and the first half of 2012.