The BBC has announced a shortlist of three bidders for the sale of its BBC Technology division.
The contract, which is worth up to £2 billion (€2.99bn), is subject to the approval of the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Included on the shortlist are Accenture, CSC and Siemens, who were whittled down from a final eight bids, all of which are said by the BBC to have been of an extremely high quality. The move to a new technology contract was brought about by an internal strategic review that identified potential savings of between £20 and £30 million.
John Varney, Chief Technology Officer, BBC, commented:
"We have been impressed by the quality of the bids both in technology skills and delivery of services.
"The shortlisted bidders have shown their ability to invest in technology innovation and enable us to revolutionise the way we make programmes over the next ten years.
"They have also shown a cultural alignment with the BBC that is one of the most important parts of this contract."
A decision on the winning bid is expected by the autumn.
Hugo Martin | 10.05.2004