BBC tenders for £5.4m digital services contract

The BBC has published a tender for a digital services framework contract worth up to £5.4 million over 27 months.

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The BBC has published a tender for a digital services framework contract worth up to £5.4 million over 27 months.

Led by the BBC Procurement Service, which covers £1.4bn external spend across the whole of the BBC, the tender is for digital services including digital design and application developments across mobile, interactive television and online. It is worth between £3.6 million and £5.4 million.

Incumbent suppliers providing digital services to the BBC include Collective, Do Tank, Magnetic North and VML London, which are coming to the end of a three-year run.

Services to be provided under the contract comprise digital design, application development, mobile application development, TV development, database development, general development practices and digital testing.

The contract requires suppliers to provide at least one service in the listed categories but “may be required to work across aspect of the BBC’s online portfolio including, but not limited to News, Sport, Weather, Children’s Learning and Knowledge, Radio, Music, iPlayer and TV”.

Suppliers may also be called upon to provide services across a variety of bespoke internal staff-facing or other user-facing applications.

The framework agreement is due to be awarded this month for a nine-month period, with the chance of extension to 27 months.

Richard Smith, head of market engagement at BBC Future Media, explained the significance of the shorter minimum contract period.

“One point of difference from previous BBC rosters is that this new framework agreement has a minimum duration of just nine months. This gives us the option to open up the digital services roster to new entrants at regular intervals, should the need arise,” he said.

“This approach will be familiar to suppliers who have already registered for the Government Digital Service Store.”

The closing date is 2pm, 16 May.

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