Audio Digitisation ITT – BBC Archives Technology & Services

The tender for Audio Archive Digitisation Services is being published in the year that the BBC celebrates its centenary, and our mission remains vital – to serve all audiences through impartial, high-quality and distinctive output and services that inform, educate and entertain. The BBC is bound by its Charter to safeguard the long-term value of its archive for the public. Digitising more of the archive will fulfil this objective and make historic content more widely accessible to future audiences. This ITT relates directly to the digitisation of BBC generated audio content over the next 3 years. BBC Archives Technology & Services (AT&S) holds a large collection of audio tapes which have yet-to-be digitised. Within this audio collection reside recordings spanning from 1930s to the 2000s. Most of this content is programme output from BBC radio networks, and unbroadcast live music performances & interviews. Much of the content identified for digitisation represents the only known copy available, often referred to as Single Copy Masters (SCM). The proposal is to digitise a range of content held in both Quarter Inch and DAT formats.

The Contract will be for an initial term of 3 years with options to extend by two twelve month extensions, to a maximum of 5 years. It is expected to begin on 30th September 2022. The contract value does not represent committed spend, instead it represents the maximum spend that may be made over the total contract term.

A site visit to Perivale is offered to all registered Tenderers. The date for the visit is Wednesday 13th July 2022 1.30pm – 4.00pm. The visit will provide Tenderers with an opportunity to visit the Perivale site and ask any questions relating to this ITT and the requirements. As space is limited, Tenderers are requested to please nominate a maximum of 2 key personnel to the BBC via the Bravosolution message portal no later than 15:00hrs on Wednesday 6th July 2022. All visit attendees will be required to complete a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) prior to the visit and photography will not be allowed. The NDA for completion and return by each attendee with your application for a place can be found in the general attachments area of the ITT on the Bravo portal. Further details are available on the BBC's e-sourcing Portal.

Organisation Name

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Contract Date

30th Sep 2022 / 29th Sep 2027

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