‘A complete failure’ – MPs accuse BBC of complacency over £100m scrapped digital initiative

‘A complete failure’ – MPs accuse BBC of complacency over £100m scrapped digital initiative 

From the article:

The BBC was “far too complacent” in its handling of a major new digital production system which was scrapped at the cost of almost £100m of licence fee-payers’ money, according to a powerful backbench committee.

The corporation ploughed £125.9m into the Digital Media Initiative (DMI)  before it was scrapped by current director-general Tony Hall in his first weeks in the job leaving a net cost of £98.4m.

Margaret Hodge, who chairs the Public Accounts Committee which investigated the issue, said DMI was “a complete failure”.

She added: “The main output from the DMI is an archive catalogue and ordering system that is slower and more cumbersome than the 40 year-old system it was designed to replace. It has only 163 regular users and a running cost of £3m a year, compared to £780,000 a year for the old system.”

Source: Press Gazette

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