BBC insists former CTO John Linwood’s claims are wrong, in ongoing DMI row

BBC insists former CTO John Linwood’s claims are wrong, in ongoing DMI row 

The BBC has responded to former CTO John Linwood’s claims about the status of its failed digital media project, insisting there were still considerable problems with the technology before the £100m project was scrapped.

MPs on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) are due to question Linwood and senior BBC executives today over the failure of the Digital Media Initiative (DMI) and the subsequent write-off of nearly £100m of licence-fee payers’ money.

Linwood, who was sacked in July 2013 as a result of the failure, wrote to the PAC last week citing changing requirements from the business as a key factor, and insisting that much of the IT works and is still in use.

But the BBC has now sent a response to the PAC in advance of today’s hearing, insisting that several of Linwood’s claims are wrong.

In particular, the BBC said: “It is incorrect to state that all major technology issues with DMI had been addressed by October 2012. Equally, it is incorrect to state that DMI technology could have worked with limited further testing.”

Source: Computer Weekly

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