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BBC CTO axed over failed IT project

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"The BBC has confirmed it sacked CTO John Linwood in July 2013 over the corporation's failed Digital Media Initiative (DMI), which attempted to change the way staff used, developed and shared multimedia material.

The project, which was worth £98.4 million, was damned as a 'huge ... of licence fee payers' money' by BBC director general Tony Hall when he closed it down in May.

Linwood was suspended at the same time and ultimately fired in July without receiving a pay-off for the termination of his contract.

However, according to the BBC, it had not been possible to disclose his departure until now for unspecified legal reasons.

At the time of Linwood’s suspension, the BBC Trust’s Anthony Fry said in a letter to the chair of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee that DMI had generated ‘little or no assets’ in the four years since its launch.”

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