The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) has appointed consultancy firm New Media Partners to assess the cross-broadcaster group’s performance.

As part of the initial three-month deal, New Media Partners will also provide advice about what the DPP needs to do beyond the switchover to file-based delivery later this year and how it can best serve the industry and independent producers beyond 2014.

The DPP will continue to work with media technology firm Mediasmiths International.

DPP chair Mark Harrison said: “File delivery will finally bring end-to-end digital to UK broadcasting.

“The question is, what will this really mean, and how can the DPP continue to help the industry through and beyond this revolutionary change? We believe New Media Partners have the experience and skills necessary to help us understand how we can be most effective. 

“We are also delighted to continue working with Mediasmiths.

“They have delivered outstanding work for the DPP, and continue to demonstrate enormous understanding both of the partnership and the industry.”

The DPP said New Media Partners and Mediasmiths International were appointed as preferred suppliers via a procurement process that involved tenders, presentations and interviews.