The BBC will next month begin moving to a digital production system using Apple and Avid solutions.

In a scheme called the Creative Desktop project, the company will install Final Cut Pro and Avid Express Pro editing software on 500 computers. The BBC intends digitizing its entire television, radio and Internet creative processes by 2010.

The company expects to yield a 10 per cent reduction in production costs by implementing the scheme.

It's also anticipated that the new system will help in terms of sharing media resources across the organization.