The BBC today announced the third-stage shortlist of bidders for its £2bn, 10-year IT services contract and the £100m sale of BBC Technology, with Accenture, CSC and Siemens now left in the running.
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The deal, which is due to be finalised in September, will see the winning bidder take control of IT at the BBC and a number of external contracts at BBC Technology, including ESPN and Hutchinson.
The BBC announced a shortlist of eight in February, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, EDS, Capita and Fujitsu, a number that was whittled down to three via a European Union approved procurement process.
John Varney, chief technology officer at the BBC, said, “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 10 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 to progress to the final stage.”
The move to procure a new IT contract followed an internal strategic review of the BBC’s technology requirements last year, which identified potential annual savings for of £20m-£30m if its IT services were outsourced.
The deal sparked anger from unions, which accused the BBC of “selling the family silver” but the corporation insisted jobs and services would not be affected.
Staff and unions are being kept fully informed during the process, the BBC said.