BBC whittles down a shortlist for its design roster

The BBC has kicked off the second stage of its delayed design roster review, and has begun shortlisting consultancies.

The corporation’s current roster was completed in 2003 and consisted of 28 groups, including Attik, Lambie-Nairn, Wolff Olins, Fitch, The Partners, 999 Design, Dew Gibbons, Elmwood, NB Studio, Start Design and Design House. Last year, six consultancies were axed from the list, though the BBC never revealed their names.

As part of the latest review, which started in the summer, the BBC received as many as 242 applications, which will be narrowed down to 20 for the final list. But it is not known which groups have made it through to the final round.

According to a spokesman for the broadcaster, the BBC last week issued an invitation to tender and consultancies that have been shortlisted have been advised.

It is understood that selected consultancies must apply by January 2008, with pitch presentations in March, and the BBC would be looking to decide a final list soon after. The design roster had previously been divided into four categories: TV channel branding, major strategic design projects, tactical design projects and youth. It is thought that this year the categorisation has been changed.

In November, the BBC appointed GT and Agency Republic on to its digital creative roster, completing a formal review that began around the same time as the design roster’s review in July.

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