BBC Issues Tender for Interactive Services Management

The BBC recently issued a tender for a five-year (with a two-year optional extension) contract for interactive services management. The
contract, which is worth up to £25 million, covers such areas as
interactive TV playout, systems management, online publishing and
monitoring of service levels. The BBC is seeking a single company to
fulfill all the areas described in the contract. The services covered by
the contract are currently provided to the BBC by Red Bee Media,
under an earlier contract that is currently in its final year. However, that
contract cannot be automatically renewed: under EU guidelines, large
contracts issued by publicly funded organizations have to go through a
public bidding process.