Procurement process used for procurement of Cerego for BBC Bitesize

The request was refused by British Broadcasting Corporation.

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I am writing to request information regarding the procurement of Cerego for BBC Bitesize, as announced by Cerego on 31st January 2019 (https://www.cerego.com/blog/bbc-bitesize...).

Please can you provide the following information:
1. What type of BBC Bitesize tender process was followed in the procurement of Cerego: Competitive tender, Open tender or Direct award? If none of these, please specify what process was used.

2. Where the process was advertised and how long it was advertised for.

3. The timeline for the process, including the start date and end date for submissions, the date of shortlisting and the date of selection.

4. The selection (or evaluation) criteria for the award.

5a. What type of contract was awarded?
5b. The value of the contract and/or the expected lifetime value of the contract.

Yours faithfully,
Alice Little, on behalf of CENTURY Tech

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Alice,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 23/02/19. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20190323.

Kind regards,

Information Rights

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP

www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882

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Dear Alice Little,

                                            

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20190323.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Rights

 

BBC Freedom of Information

BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP

 

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of British Broadcasting Corporation's handling of my FOI request 'Procurement process used for procurement of Cerego for BBC Bitesize' - RFI20190323.

This request was partially refused and the request I am requesting a review of is:
“5b. The value of the contract and/or the expected lifetime value of the contract.”

The information was considered to be exempt from disclosure under section 43(2) (Commercial interests) of the Act, as it was considered that disclosure would likely prejudice the commercial interests of the BBC and Cerego.

We would first like to understand the reasoning behind the verdict that such information would prejudice the commercial interests of the BBC and Cerego. We emphasise that we have not asked for detailed information on the pricing mechanisms and reasonings behind the contract value, merely the value itself. Furthermore we refer you to points 31 and 32 section 43 of the freedom of information act, which state that:

31. A public authority might for example argue that disclosing information about its financial transaction with one third party would prejudice its commercial interests in subsequent negotiations with another third party. In considering how likely it is that the commercial interests of the public authority might be prejudiced in such circumstances, both the nature of the information and the degree of similarity between the transactions should be taken into account.
32. If the degree of similarity is not great, then it is less likely that disclosure of the information will prejudice the related commercial interest.

Please can you explain what similar transactions you anticipate that would serve to validate the argument that this information would weaken the BBC’s bargaining position during future negotiations.

We would also like to point out that in a statement the BBC made to BESA, the organisation claimed that they “reached out to and had discussions with those organisations on the short-list, and ultimately concluded Cerego was the sole off-the-shelf supplier that met all of our requirements, with no alternatives in the UK or EU.” This does strongly suggest that the BBC does not anticipate similar transactions with other third party providers, as the conclusion has been made that Cerego are the sole supplier that could meet the BBC’s needs. This in turn means that the value of the contract should not prejudice the BBC or any third party.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours faithfully,

Alice Little

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Alice Little

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000: Internal review request

 

We have received your request for an internal review in relation to your
request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (RFI20190323).  Your
request for an internal review was received on 9 April 2019. 

 

We shall deal with the review as promptly as possible and, at the latest
within 20 working days of our receipt of your internal review request.  If
you have any queries please contact us quoting the reference number below
on all correspondence.

 

The reference number for your internal review request is IR2019019.

 

Regards,

 

Information Rights

 

BBC Freedom of Information

BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP

 

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Dear Ms Little,

 

Apologies for the delay in responding to your internal review.

 

Please see attached the BBC's review of its decision.

 

Sincerely,

 

Information Rights

BBC Legal

 

 

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