27 May 2004
The BBC has drawn up a shortlist of bidders for its IT services arm as part of a £2 billion outsourcing project.
The corporation expects to save £20-30 million a year by outsourcing BBC Technology. The division supplies 26,000 personal computers and IT services for the BBC and handles contracts for other media groups such as British Sky Broadcasting.
The shortlisted trio are Accenture, CSC and Siemens.
The move is the latest towards the corporation's first big disposal of assets for more than five years. The 10-year contract offer followed an internal review of the BBC's technology requirements, which found outsourcing technology services would lead to savings.
John Varney, chief technical officer, said: "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 technological innovation and enable us to revolutionise the way we make programmes over the next 10 years."
The winning bid is expected to be announced in the autumn.