Accenture has been awarded a five-year contact to provide ITV with core IT service management, infrastructure and application management services.

The consulting, technology and outsourcing company will help the broadcaster to change its business so that it is better focussed on the ‘digital home’.

Richard Cross, group technology director at ITV, said: “Working with Accenture will provide us with the flexibility we need as our business changes. Their deep experience in web TV, over-the-top services and the digital supply chain will help us as we look to transform our business.”

ITV plans to transition its desktop services, help desk, and data centre management to Accenture later this year.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Analysts suggest that an outsourcing deal of this nature could save ITV at least 10% of its variable cost base.