Re: Mismanagement by BBC bosses lose £100m . DMI(or Don't Mention It!)
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Mark Thompson said he had answered questions from the PAC "honestly and in good faith"
Mark Thompson said he had answered questions from the PAC "honestly and in good faith" Times photographer Richard Pohle Ben Webster, Russell Jenkins Published at 12:01AM, June 11 2013
Mark Thompson accused of misleading parliament about the success of a technology project which closed last month after wasting £100 million
A former BBC director-general will be summoned by MPs for questioning over concerns that he misled parliament about the success of a technology project which closed last month after wasting £100 million.
Mark Thompson, now chief executive of The New York Times, told the Commons Public Accounts Committee in February 2011 that the Digital Media Initiative was “already working”. He said it was “on track to fully deliver” that year for BBC North and claimed that feedback from users of the system, intended to do away with videotape, was “very positive”.
Last month, Lord Hall of Birkenhead scrapped the project, saying it had “wasted a huge amount of licence-fee-payers’ money” and admitting that it had been badly managed by the corporation. He suspended John Linwood, the BBC’s technology officer, pending an independent review.
Anthony Fry, a BBC Trustee, who appeared before the committee yesterday at a hearing at the BBC’s base at MediaCity, Salford, Greater Manchester, was pressed repeatedly on why Mr Thompson had given such a rosy account.
He said that on the back of the successful delivery of the iPlayer, there was feeling at the BBC that it “could actually walk on water”.
He added: “I would accept that one of the problems was there was not enough technological expertise around either the trustee table or executive board table to go ahead on something of this scale and complexity.”
Mr Thompson, who will be called to give evidence next month, said in a statement: “When I appeared in front of the PAC, I answered all of the questions from committee members honestly and in good faith. I did so on the basis of information provided to me at the time by the BBC executives responsible for delivering the project.”
Well, so Mark Thompson is no longer remembering to blame his memory. This time it is everyone else!
Excuse me for wondering but if you are paid hundreds and thousands of pounds to be responsible, at what point do you become unresponsible?
Surely as DG of such a vital project you would/should be looking at the actual project in some detail.
If that was not the case it appears Mark Thompson can take no credit whatsoever for the iPlayer etc. NYT must be a bit more worried now.
Margaret Hodge speaking on the Media Show todayhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00dv9hq
confirmed that Mark Thompson would be compelled to give evidence to the Public Accounts Committe, should he not voluntarily do so.