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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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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