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BBC announces shortlist of three bidders

Category: BBC
Date: 06.05.2004
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Procurement of technology provision and sale of BBC Technology reaches final round

The BBC has announced today that a third stage shortlist of bidders have been selected to the final round in the procurement process for the new technology services agreement for the Corporation, and sale of BBC Technology.

The sale is subject to the approval of the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

The contract is worth up to £2bn.

The three companies that have made the third stage of the bidding process are Accenture, CSC and Siemens.

The bids received from the final eight were of extremely high quality and were selected through a rigorous EU procurement process conducted by the BBC's evaluation team.

The move to procure a new technology contract followed an internal strategic review of the BBC's technology requirements.

The review identified potential annual savings for the BBC of at least £20-£30m if its technology services were outsourced.

As part of the BBC's vision to revolutionise the use of technology within the BBC, to make and distribute programmes, the BBC is looking for a partner that will share its technology vision and make it happen over the next 10 years.

The technology partner will provide the BBC with skills and expertise to reach its goals in programme innovation.

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.

"I am confident that these three companies meet our requirements in order to progress to the final stage.

"The commitment from BBC Technology board and staff has been extremely professional during this period and our timetable to complete the process is on track, and we will be making an announcement on the winning bidder by this Autumn."

BBC Staff and the Unions are being kept fully informed during the process.

Notes to Editors

About BBC Technology Ltd

Founded in March 2001, BBC Technology Ltd provides products and services for the BBC, other broadcasters, platform owners, content owners and government organisations.

Drawing on eight decades of pioneering technical expertise and innovation for the BBC, BBC Technology Ltd helps organisations create, manage and distribute content more effectively across multiple platforms.

BBC Technology Ltd's products and services include: the award-winning Colledia product portfolio which creates a tape free broadcast environment, media communications, internet solutions and consulting services.

Customers include: BBC News, BSkyB, DirecTV, Inc., ESPN Inc, Hutchison 3G, SABC and Scottish Enterprise.

BBC Technology Ltd has 1400 staff and a turnover of £230m.

About BBC Technology Direction

BBC Technology Direction is a global operation within the BBC that aims to identify the technology requirements for the Corporation now and in the future.

The division is accountable for both delivering best technology practice across the BBC, and reducing the cost of production processes, along with creating and delivering the technical innovations that make the BBC a world leading broadcaster.

The division is lead by John Varney, CTO, BBC and a Head of Technology (HoT) for each division in the BBC.


BECTU is the independent union for those working in broadcasting, film, theatre, entertainment, leisure, interactive media and allied areas who are primarily based in the United Kingdom.

The union represents permanently employed, contract and freelance workers within these sectors.

About the Shortlist

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company.

Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture collaborates with its clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.

With deep industry and business process expertise, broad global resources and a proven track record, Accenture can mobilize the right people, skills and technologies to help clients improve their performance.

With approximately 90,000 people in 48 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$11.8bn for the fiscal year ended 31 August 2003.

About CSC

Founded in 1959, Computer Sciences Corporation is a leading global information technology (IT) services company.

CSC's mission is to provide customers in industry and government with solutions crafted to meet their specific challenges and enable them to profit from the advanced use of technology.

With approximately 90,000 employees, CSC provides innovative solutions for customers around the world by applying leading technologies and CSC's own advanced capabilities.

These include systems design and integration; IT and business process outsourcing; applications software development; Web and application hosting; and management consulting.

Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., CSC reported revenue of $13.8bn for the 12 months ended 2 January 2004.

About Siemens

Siemens is a global innovator in the information, communications and media industries.

The Company has 415,000 people working to develop leading edge products, design and install sophisticated systems and projects, and tailor a wide range of services for media and technology companies worldwide.

Our world-leading research and development programmes are crucial to maintaining our 150 year heritage of new inventions and our ability to keep customers in 190 countries at the leading edge of communications technology.

In an age of converging voice, data, video and media technology, Siemens is committed to driving technology convergence to the benefit of the client's business.

Siemens Business Services is leading the bid on behalf of the Siemens Information & Communications group, which generated revenues of €22bn globally in 2003.

Siemens is bringing together Siemens Information and Communications Networks, Siemens Information and Communications Mobile and a team of partners.

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Date: 06.05.2004
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