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BBC buys Lonely Planet

Posted by somtam2000 on 1/10/2007 at 13:42 admin

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.

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Posted by Jon_Mak_Mak on 24/3/2008 at 05:30

Oh what?! Will this bee good for us (people that buy them) or not?

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Posted by mikethediver on 24/3/2008 at 16:56

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.

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Posted by Jon_Mak_Mak on 29/3/2008 at 23:09

Yeah. I expect it will turn into tourist planet. Oh well. We can only wait an see.

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Posted by SoloHobo on 19/3/2013 at 07:20

BBC just sold LP, after a major loss.

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Posted by freiburger on 19/3/2013 at 10:14

more Info in German:

http://www.spiegel.de/reise/aktuell/bbc-verkauft-lonely-planet-verlag-mit-verlust-a-889786.html

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Posted by somtam2000 on 19/3/2013 at 23:03 admin

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.

Interesting times.

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Posted by fondo on 20/3/2013 at 19:12

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.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 20/3/2013 at 21:44 admin

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.

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Posted by fuckLPnTT on 10/11/2014 at 17:05

"seems LP wasn't picking up the phone"

Maybe all of them were out looking for a new job?
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/job-losses-lonely-planet
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-22/lonely-planet-denies-end-is-near-for-iconic-travel-guides/4836478
http://intransit.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/02/lonely-planets-plans-to-make-up-for-job-cuts/?_r=0

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Posted by somtam2000 on 10/11/2014 at 18:38 admin

Ahh, you're welcome to post about travel, but digging up old LP posts to post the same links is kinda boring. Please don't keep doing it.

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Posted by MADMAC on 11/11/2014 at 00:09

The LP name has cache, but that's it. In terms of product... If I am planning on going somewhere I come here for info. It wouldn't even cross my mind to go to LP. I just read it for humor.

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