New BBC CTO eyes £90m savings with flexible IT approach

Broadcaster will focus on user experience and design

The BBC can save 90 million over the next two years by adopting a more flexible attitude to IT, according to its new CTO.

Matthew Postgate, who took up the role in July last year, outlined a restructure of the BBC's IT emphasising user experience and design.

In a blog post, he said: "We are moving away from one monolithic, long term contract with a single supplier, to multiple shorter-term contracts with a number of specialist companies."

Advertisement - Article continues below

That single supplier, Atos, sucked up 2 billion of the broadcaster's money over a 10-year deal (originally signed with Siemens) that expired in March 2015.

The BBC's new approach mirrors that of the Cabinet Office, which wants to replace large outsourcing contracts with smaller deals negotiated through avenues like G-Cloud, Whitehall's cloud procurement framework.

New contracts replacing the Atos deal should be in place come March 2017, and which Postgate expects will lead the BBC to save another 90 million.

He said: "Large and long-term technology contracts were common place and had their benefits when we signed ours 10 years ago.

"But, again, the pace of change means this is isn't an appropriate model for the BBC today."

He wants the broadcaster to get quicker access to new technologies as they emerge, and spoke about transforming the way content is delivered, citing UltraHD and even virtual reality as future possibilities.

Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

"The Olympics has always been an event the BBC has innovated around what kinds of experiences could we provide in 2020 or 2024 if the nation had universal high speed broadband and a broadcast infrastructure designed to take advantage of it?" he added.

Postgate replaced interim CTO John Coles in July 2014, who took up the position temporarily after John Linwood was sacked after the BBC blamed him for a 100 million failed scheme.

Linwood later won an unfair dismissal claim following a tribunal.

Featured Resources

Navigating the new normal: A fast guide to remote working

A smooth transition will support operations for years to come

Download now

Putting a spotlight on cyber security

An examination of the current cyber security landscape

Download now

The economics of infrastructure scalability

Find the most cost-effective and least risky way to scale

Download now

IT operations overload hinders digital transformation

Clearing the path towards a modernised system of agreement

Download now



What is an MSSP?

12 Jun 2020
Careers & training

What does a CISO do?

20 May 2020
chief executive officer (CEO)

Western Digital hires Cisco’s David Goeckeler as its new CEO

6 Mar 2020
Business strategy

What is digital transformation?

6 Mar 2020

Most Popular


How to find RAM speed, size and type

24 Jun 2020

Microsoft releases urgent patch for high-risk Windows 10 flaws

1 Jul 2020
data protection

EU institutions told to avoid Microsoft software after licence spat

3 Jul 2020