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BBC "STITCHED UP" Jon Linwood over DMI(Don't Mention It)
« on: May 07, 2014, 09:16:19 PM »
Well Mr Linwood is suing the BBC for unfair dismissal. He was the only executive to be sacked over DMI. It surely is crystal clear to everyone that the BBC never ever appoints one manager with responsibility, no it appoints several layers of management and cross manager groups and flipping committees. So I would imagine that Jon Linwood has a very good case and the real responsibility for the DMI failure lies with those cowards who were supposed to be monitoring it from the start. Anyway here is article published in Times. I hope that his legal team do better than the PAC in nailing what actually went wrong.

"Alex Spence Media Editor
Published at 12:01AM, May 7 2014
The only BBC executive to be sacked because of a 100 million IT disaster was made a scapegoat to save his superiors from embarrassment, an employment tribunal was told yesterday.
John Linwood was the BBCs 280,000-a-year chief technology officer before he was dismissed without a payoff last year, after the BBCs new director-general scrapped the digital archive project at a huge loss to licence-payers.
Mr Linwood is suing the BBC for unfair dismissal.
Stuart Ritchie, QC, his barrister, told the tribunal in London yesterday: The organisation closed ranks against him. It is convenient for it to have done so. The heat has thereby been taken off everybody else who might have been [the] subject of questions as to why the [digital media initiative] project is not proceeding and difficult questions have thereby been avoided.
He said that Mr Linwood was singled out and stitched up by his managers. With MPs breathing down their neck, matters were carefully co-ordinated by the BBC and BBC Trust to ensure they had all of their ducks in a row concerning the closure of the project, write-down and message to the outside world.
The project was meant to modernise the way the BBC made programmes, but was halted before it was operational. A National Audit Office report criticised the BBCs senior management for their oversight of the project and Margaret Hodge, chairwoman of the Commons Public Accounts Committee, said that the failings go right to the top.
Mark Thompson, the former director-general, who is now head of The New York Times Company, made a public apology for the affair at an appearance before the PAC in February.
Mr Linwood, 51, who previously worked at Microsoft and Yahoo!, told the PAC that the digital project was prematurely shut down and that some of the technology was working. He claimed that it was closed because of a change of direction at the top of the corporation, rather than because it was flawed.
The corporations lawyers assert that Mr Linwood was pivotal to the failed project and that the disciplinary procedure against him was even-handed. The tribunal continues"

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Re: BBC "STITCHED UP" Jon Linwood over DMI(Don't Mention It)
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2014, 09:12:38 PM »
It seems that Jon Linwood was indeed "stitched up"

With many thanks to Bill Rogers well judged and always brilliant blog I draw attention to the tribunals findings, which are correctly described as "unpleasant" at least Zarin Patel. Younge and Adams no longer haunt the corridors of power at the BBC. I need not mention the names Thompson, Entwistle and Tompson, they go without saying. Some of the names in the judgement still work at the BBC.

http://tradingaswdr.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/unattractive.html

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Re: BBC "STITCHED UP" Jon Linwood over DMI(Don't Mention It)
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2014, 08:52:50 PM »
It seems that Jon Linwood was indeed "stitched up"

With many thanks to Bill Rogers well judged and always brilliant blog I draw attention to the tribunals findings, which are correctly described as "unpleasant" at least Zarin Patel. Younge and Adams no longer haunt the corridors of power at the BBC. I need not mention the names Thompson, Entwistle and Tompson, they go without saying. Some of the names in the judgement still work at the BBC.

http://tradingaswdr.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/unattractive.html

Well, at least it's great to see just how creative, the former Chief Creative Officer, Pat Younge was in his position!  What a despicable bunch.

Bill Rogers has more with a piece in the Times reflecting on financial costs and Bill's own estimated bill for internal costs due from this farce.  The true cost though is the damage to trust in our national broadcaster that these chinless fools have wrought, one which cannot be recouped through 140 PR spinners or 1400.


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