In January the BBC were boasting how much money they estimated they generated for the economy…but one stand out phrase is this from the Telegraph:
‘It concludes that value-for-money has improved overall at the BBC, even though total spending has risen by more than £100 million in the last year.’
I think you’re probably ahead of me already.
Just where did that £100 million go? Down which black hole?
BBC suspends technology boss over ‘wasted’ £100m
The BBC has scrapped a £100m technology project and suspended the executive in charge after Director General Tony Hall admitted it had “wasted a huge amount of licence fee payers’ money”.
John Linwood, the BBC’s £287,000-a-year chief technology officer, has been suspended on full pay while the review is conducted. He chaired the Digital Media Initiative steering group.
A fair wage….you’ve got to pay top whack to get the best as Mark Thompson always assured us….and Linwood did have a staff of 1,200 people in his department.
Margaret Hodge was enjoying herself enormously laying into the BBC about this on 5Live ( 13:09)…will the BBC now reciprocate and tackle Stemcor?
What was the problem? The DMI project (Digital Media Initiative) was supposed to allow programmes to be made at any location by allowing access online to information, film or sound stored in remote BBC archives. It didn’t work. And so far £100 million had been spent on the project….the BBC has decided to cut their losses and can the project.
Hodge nailed one big problem…the BBC has decentralised, moving much of its work to Salford…but its archives are elsewhere…presumably London….for Salford not to have access to that material is a real problem says Hodge if you want to make programmes.
It was the BBC ‘gold plating’ a project….canny BBC Scotland bought an off the shelf system which works…so was the BBC as a whole trying to be over ambitious?
What was really shocking, she said, was this project was ‘all or nothing’…and the BBC has nothing to show for it, absolutely nothing, no benefit at all for that £100 million.