The managing director of BBC Technology – which is being sold off in a deal worth more than £100m– has been dismissed with immediate effect for "misusing hospitality".
Ann Wilson, who joined BBC Technology 18 months ago, was dismissed earlier this week after an internal disciplinary procedure, a spokeswoman confirmed.
The sale of BBC Technology, which is expected to generate more than £100m, is in its early stages, with nine IT service providers on the shortlist, including IBM, EDS, Accenture and CSC.
However, the spokeswoman stressed that Wilson’s departure would have no impact on the negotiations, which also incorporate the £2bn 10-year contract to run the BBC’s IT.
“We would like to stress that this is a matter entirely separate from the procurement and sale of BBC Technology which will go ahead under the direction of John Varney, the BBC’s chief technology officer,” the spokeswoman said.
The shortlist of bidders will be cut to three in April, with the new contract expected to begin in September.
Adrian Corcoran, the director of operations at BBC Technology, has been appointed acting managing director on an interim basis, with a full-time appointment expected in “the coming weeks”.
Wilson was chief operating officer at management consulting firm Arthur D Little before joining BBC Technology in August 2002. She has also worked at IBM and Phillips.