Accenture, CSC and Siemens have made it to the third stage of bidding for the new technology services agreement for the BBC and the sale of the corporation's technology division.
The sale of BBC Technology is subject to the approval of the secretary of state for culture, media and sport, while the services contract is worth up to £2bn.
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 corporation of at least £20m-£30m if its technology services were outsourced.
BBC chief technology officer John Varney said in a statement: "The shortlisted bidders have shown their ability to invest in technology innovation and enable us to revolutionise the way we make programmes over the next 10 years.
"They have also shown a cultural alignment with the BBC that is one of the most important parts of this contract. I am confident that these three companies meet our requirements in order to progress to the final stage."
The BBC will make an announcement on the winning bidder by this autumn. It said BBC staff and the unions are being kept fully informed during the process.
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