BBC Trustee Anthony Fry has branded an abandoned digital project from the broadcaster a ‘complete catastrophe’.

A new production tool, the Digital Media Initiative (DMI), was scrapped in May after five years in development and £100 million in financing.

Speaking to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, Mr Fry described the debacle as ‘the most seriously embarrassing thing I’ve ever seen’.

DMI was intended to transform the way TV and radio producers used and shared video and audio material.

‘There was not enough technological expertise around either the Trust table, or the executive board table, to actually go ahead on something of this scale and complexity,’ said Mr Fry.

An independent investigation into the failure of the project is being conducted by PwC.

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