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The BBC is planning to sell its technology arm, whose sale would net the corporation tens of millions of pounds and would save up to £300m…

The BBC is planning to sell its technology arm, whose sale would net the corporation tens of millions of pounds and would save up to £300m in costs over 10 years but will be seen in some quarters as a failure of Greg Dyke’s vision.

The director general decided in 2001 to spin off a number of the BBC’s in-house technical units, which offered a variety of services including website support and IT. But he has admitted the BBC could not compete effectively with commercial giants such as IBM and EDS and it would be cheaper for it to contract out the services.

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