Follow Us

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

BBC sacks CTO over failed £100m digital transformation project

John Linwood had been initially suspended when the project was cancelled

Article comments

The BBC has fired its chief technology officer (CTO) John Linwood over its failed Digital Media Initiative (DMI).

The project, which the BBC cancelled in May last year, resulted in the write-down of £100 million worth of assets and Linwood's suspension. He lost his job two months later.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has previously questioned why Linwood was the sole person suspended over the major project, claiming that more than one BBC manager was to blame.

According to the BBC, Linwood, who was paid £280,000 for his role on the project, did not receive a pay-off after his contract was ended. The news of his dismissal has been delayed for "legal reasons", the corporation said.

DMI was set up in 2008 as a complex business transformation programme aimed at changing the way that the BBC makes content for its audiences. It intended to improve production efficiency by enabling staff to develop, create, share and manage video and audio content and programming on their desktop, moving away from using video tape.

Following a failed agreement with Siemens in 2009 to deliver DMI, combined with a belief that the technology required was not commercially available, the BBC brought the project in-house in 2010. The project was then cancelled in 2013.

A PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) review commissioned by the BBC Trust claimed that the BBC had shown serious weaknesses in project management and reporting, as well as a crippling lack of focus on business change.

Former BBC director-general Mark Thompson is due to give evidence on DMI at a Commons committee next month.



Share:

More from Techworld

More relevant IT news

Comments



Send to a friend

Email this article to a friend or colleague:

PLEASE NOTE: Your name is used only to let the recipient know who sent the story, and in case of transmission error. Both your name and the recipient's name and address will not be used for any other purpose.

Techworld White Papers

Choose – and Choose Wisely – the Right MSP for Your SMB

End users need a technology partner that provides transparency, enables productivity, delivers...

Download Whitepaper

10 Effective Habits of Indispensable IT Departments

It’s no secret that responsibilities are growing while budgets continue to shrink. Download this...

Download Whitepaper

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving

Enterprise information archiving is contributing to organisational needs for e-discovery and...

Download Whitepaper

Advancing the state of virtualised backups

Dell Software’s vRanger is a veteran of the virtualisation specific backup market. It was the...

Download Whitepaper

Techworld UK - Technology - Business

Innovation, productivity, agility and profit

Watch this on demand webinar which explores IT innovation, managed print services and business agility.

Techworld Mobile Site

Access Techworld's content on the move

Get the latest news, product reviews and downloads on your mobile device with Techworld's mobile site.

Find out more...

From Wow to How : Making mobile and cloud work for you

On demand Biztech Briefing - Learn how to effectively deliver mobile work styles and cloud services together.

Watch now...

Site Map

* *