The largest and possibly the most popular broadcaster in the world, the BBC employs 29,000 staff and delivers its content via radio, television and the internet. As a public service organisation the BBC has a Royal Charter and a funding agreement via the license fee overseen by the Home Office. A commercial operation, BBC Worldwide sells BBC content into countries like Australia or formats that re-made locally into the US.
IT Leader: John Linwood, CTO
In role since: Two and half years
Reporting line: Reports to COO Caroline Thomson
Board level seat: Sits on the business directors group
IT estate and or number of log on accounts under the control of the IT leader: 29,000 users
Level of the workforce that relies on technology to carry out their tasks: 100 per cent
IT staff currently employed: 1200 tech staff- 200 pure IT staff
Split between in-house/outsourced staff: All in house. In addition to the in-house staff there are also 800 staff that work on the BBC account from our technology outsource partner.
IT management team and reporting structure: Chief advisor and programme director, plus 12 senior managers including Tiffany Hall, technology controller for operations and finance.
Primary technology platforms at the organisation: Broadcasting systems for commissioning, broadcasting and scheduling plus the usual business systems you would expect for a large organisation including those for finance and HR
Strategic aim of the CIO and IT operations for the next financial year: Making technology easier to use in the BBC and allowing technology to enable people to do their jobs.
Forward looking role- how technology will benefit the BBC in the future, such as Cloud, Virtualisation and consumerisation