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BBC's evidence to MPs on failed Digital Media Initiative brought into question

Derek du Preez | Feb. 11, 2014
The BBC's evidence to MPs over the company's £125 million failed Digital Media Initiative (DMI) has been brought into question after conflicting information has been revealed to Computerworld UK.

If the costs are lower than the BBC claimed during the session and the number of users working on the system higher, this may raise questions about the value of the system going forward and whether all of its assets should have been written off.

Computerworld UK has asked the BBC for comment a number of times in the week since the PAC hearing, but has yet to receive an on the record statement.

A spokeswoman for the Public Accounts Committee confirmed that "providing misleading information to a select committee would be considered a serious matter".

DMI was set up in 2008 as a complex business transformation programme aimed at changing the way that 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.


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