The BBC’s former chief technology officer (CTO) John Linwood will take legal action against the organisation over his sacking.
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The BBC had sacked Linwood in July over the failed £98m digital production system, after being suspended in May, with the organisation’s chief executive Tony Hall stating that the project had “wasted a huge amount of licence fee payers’ money”.
But Linwood has defended his role in the project, which was part of the Digital Media Initiative, aimed at changing the way staff developed, used and shared multimedia material.
He admitted that the project was difficult and experienced delays, but said that his team “delivered a substantial amount of the DMI technology” and that the technology worked or “could, with limited further testing, have worked”.
He added that much of the technology such as the Metadata Archive is in use in the BBC today by more than 5000 employees, while other technology had the capability of being used.
The former CTO stated that much of the project was delayed because of the large number of changes requested by the BBC to the requirements which has been previously specified by the organisation.
Linwood said that Accenture, which reviewed the Metadata Archive, “made no finding of technology failure”, and slammed the BBC for telling the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that Accenture had found in its review that “the kit doesn’t work” and is “worth nothing”, claiming that these were false allegations.
“To the best of my knowledge and belief, and based on the reporting to me by the project team throughout the project, the DMI technology which we built works,” he said.