Inspired by Silicon Valley BBC director general vows to tackle the corporations 'meeting culture'

BBC director general Tony Hall is said to have been inspired by Apple and plans to cut red-tape across the corporation.

Hall has also vowed to get more women into local radio

Following a two-day, fact-finding mission in Silicon Valley last week, where Lord Hall visited Samsung, Google and Apple executives, the director general has announced plans to cut back on the number of BBC committees and tackle the broadcaster's "meeting culture".

The review of 'red-tape' will examine the role that 30 groups and boards, covering topics such as technology, business and finance, have in the running of the corporation. Reports suggest that Hall is planning the cut the number of committees in half to just 15.

Writing in The Telegraph, Lord Hall said: "The problem is simple: we need to be so much clearer on how we take decisions and who is accountable for them.

"We will start by ensuring that, wherever possible, there is a single, identified person responsible for key issues and major projects. Over the coming months I plan to halve the number of pan-BBC boards and steering groups.

“This 'bonfire of the boards’ should speed up decision-making across the organisation and release some of the resources currently wasted on bureaucracy to be used instead for programmes.”

Lord Hall is also said to be inspired by Silicon Valley's 'fail-fast' culture, killing off bad ideas quickly instead of the constant reviews that surround BBC failures, such as the £100m Digital Media Initiative (DMI) . Scrapped after five years in development by Lord Hall in May, the DMI failure has seen three separate inquiries into it launched.

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