BBC buys Lonely Planet

I see that BBC Worldwide has bought travel guide publisher Lonely Planet. As someone who is currently working on a new business with some areas of crossover with BBC operations, I'm starting to understand why the commercial sector must resent BBC entering into so many diverse areas and bringing its inbuilt competitive advantage into play.

Now, I don't know enough about the commercial arrangement or indeed BBC Worldwide's funding to write with any authority, but jeez, if I was in the travel publishing business I wouldn't exactly be doing cartwheels today.

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