Lonely Planet escapes BBC cuts

<p>Travel publisher Lonely Planet appears to have escaped unscathed from the BBC cutbacks announced today (2nd March) despite previously being deemed as &quot;the most egregious example&quot; of the company&#39;s expansion beyond its existing remit.<br /><br />BBC Worldwide&#39;s acquisition of Lonely Planet has been surrounded by controversy since the purchase in October 2007. Last year a Commons select committee branded BBC Worldwide&#39;s purchase of Lonely Planet &quot;the most egregious example&quot; of the company&#39;s expansion beyond its existing remit.<br /><br />However, after a string of proposals including closing two digital radio stations and cutting BBC online services by 25% by 2013 there has been no mention of the travel publisher. A press officer at BBC Worldwide said that there was nothing in the proposals that would impact its ownership of Lonely Planet.<br /></p>