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Preparations for Digital Switchover

“The Government’s digital switchover programme will affect almost every home in the UK and most of the costs will be met by consumers. Helping consumers through the switchover process requires strong and coordinated working between Government and delivery agencies.

“Progress so far is encouraging, but there is a long way to go with almost one third of licence fee payers still not understanding switchover, up to 26 million analogue television sets yet to be replaced or converted and nearly 1,200 transmitter sites to be upgraded.”

Published:
27 Feb 2008
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Preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – Risk assessment and management

“The London Olympic and Paralympic Games may seem a long way away, but with a programme of this magnitude it is vital to keep the momentum up. There is a lot more to do and a variety of risks to be managed if the Games are to be a success. Failure in any one area will impinge on others. Finalising the budget should be a priority to allow the Olympic programme to move forward with greater confidence and certainty.

“As well as learning from the experience of other cities that have hosted the Games, I have also arranged with my counterpart in China to learn lessons from the Beijing Games in 2008 that could usefully be applied to London.”

Published:
2 Feb 2007
London Olympic Stadium

Preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Progress report February 2010

“The Olympic Delivery Authority has done well to keep its programme on track, and it is increasingly likely that the venues and infrastructure are going to be delivered on time and budget. Nevertheless, there is still a long way to go, with less contingency funding available to meet unforeseen cost pressures.

 

“Plans for the delivery of the Games themselves need to be fleshed out, in particular making sure that LOCOG is on track at least to break even. In addition, securing long-term use of facilities such as the Media Centre and the Main Stadium should remain a priority to get the best out of the Games both for the taxpayer and local people.”

Published:
26 Feb 2010
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Preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Progress report June 2008

“The preparations for the Games are well underway. But important challenges remain which will become more formidable as the spotlight turns to London after the Beijing Games. Uncertainties over the deal for the village, legacy requirements and policing and security may add cost or compromise the preparations for a successful Games. The delivery bodies need to maintain a firm stance on cost and keep in sight the intended legacy benefits too.”

Published:
20 Jun 2008
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Procurement in the Culture, Media and Sport sector

“Procurement is an area where the Culture, Media and Sport sector can achieve significant savings and improvements. Whilst the sector has made some progress in improving its procurement capabilities and practices, a great deal more can be done. A greater level of commitment from organisations to adopting good practice, as well as addressing specific issues such as greater collaboration between organisations when buying common goods and services, will result in greater value for money.”

Published:
30 Nov 2005