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BBC buys Lonely Planet
Totally unrelated to anything here, but pretty big news in the travel guide publishing industry today -- the BBC has just purchased 75% of Lonely Planet. Full story here.
#1 Posted: 1/10/2007 - 13:42
Oh what?! Will this bee good for us (people that buy them) or not?
#2 Posted: 24/3/2008 - 05:30
I doubt it will do us travellers much good. I felt for some time that the LP had lost it's way; some of their more recent guides look like the wording had been obtained from a sales bouchure and some guides totally uneccessary as it related to a totally tourisy area that backpapers wouldn't be seen dead in!
I fear it will move the LP guides away from the backpaper to the beeter heeled market. However, I just 'Rough Guides' now anyway.
#3 Posted: 24/3/2008 - 16:56
Yeah. I expect it will turn into tourist planet. Oh well. We can only wait an see.
#4 Posted: 29/3/2008 - 23:09
12th January, 2013
BBC just sold LP, after a major loss.
#5 Posted: 19/3/2013 - 07:20
27th December, 2012
more Info in German:
#6 Posted: 19/3/2013 - 10:14
Yes indeed, the sale is done -- to a very new company (they only registered a domain name mid last year and started a Facebook page today) so looks like it could be interesting.
Skift had the original scoop, with a followup here and Tnooz covered it here. Other stories include Guardian & the Age.
#7 Posted: 19/3/2013 - 23:03
23rd June, 2006
Total reviews: 19
At least 98
Makes me wonder if the recent purge was a condition of the sale. The purchaser wanted the intellectual property but wasn't all that keen on a community.
#8 Posted: 20/3/2013 - 19:12
There's also a piece in today's Australian Financial Review, with a couple of quotes from me -- the journalist called yesterday - seems LP wasn't picking up the phone .
The story is normally behind the AFR paywall, but is free today.
#9 Posted: 20/3/2013 - 21:44
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