(May 6, 2004) London--The BBC has announced that a third-stage shortlist of bidders has 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 U.K. Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport. The contract is worth up to £2 billion (approximately $3.5 billion).
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 E.U. 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 $30 million if its technology services were outsourced.
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