The Week: City news - BBC acquisition is 'unfair'

The founder of Time Out, Tony Elliot, has urged the Office of Fair Trading to look into the BBC's acquisition of its rival Lonely Planet, claiming it broke its own fair-trading rules by not making the deal transparent.

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, bought 75 per cent of Lonely Planet from its founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler for £75 million in October 2007. Rough Guides, another Lonely Planet rival, which is published by Penguin, requested further details from the BBC Trust under the Freedom of Information Act last October. It is considering complaining to the Information Commissioner.

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Digital marketing executives oversee the online marketing strategy for their organisation. They plan and execute digital (including email) marketing campaigns and design, maintain and supply content for the organisation's website(s).