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28/05/2013

BBC Closes DMI

The BBC has announced it is to close its Digital Media Initiative (DMI), resulting in a loss of £100m of taxpayers' money.
Beginning in 2008, DMI was intended to develop the BBC’s production and archive operations to a fully integrated, digital model.
The decision to close DMI follows an operational review of the project which was launched in October 2012.
The report found that the project would not have met its stated objectives.
BBC Director-General Tony Hall took the decision to close it with the agreement of the BBC Trust.
The total cost to the BBC will be £98.4m.
Mr Hall said: "The DMI project has wasted a huge amount of Licence Fee payers’ money and I saw no reason to allow that to continue which is why I have closed it. I have serious concerns about how we managed this project and the review that has been set up is designed to find out what went wrong and what lessons can be learned. Ambitious technology projects like this always carry a risk of failure, it does not mean we should not attempt them but we have a responsibility to keep them under much greater control than we did here."
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