BBC Worldwide acquires Lonely Planet

Travel guides to be extended across multiple media platforms in a bid to expand the publishing franchise.
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BBC Worldwide has acquired leading travel information group Lonely Planet.

The iconic travel guides business has operations in the UK, California and Australia. It publishes around 500 titles including specialist activity guides, shoestring guides and phrasebooks in various languages.

The company also produces and develops factual programming for international broadcasters, while its flagship TV series - Lonely Planet Six Degrees, produced for Discovery Networks - is now in its third season and screens in over 100 countries.

Joint founders Maureen and Tony Wheeler will retain a 25 per cent shareholding in the company.

They commented: "We will remain completely focused on the delivery of unique content to our travellers around the world. We are very optimistic about the prospects for the Lonely Planet brand under the BBC Worldwide umbrella."

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