BBC: No Worldwide float

THE BBC last night moved to deny claims that it was planning to sell off its controversial commercial arm BBC Worldwide.<br /><br />Worldwide is under the spotlight amid accusations that it is using its financial clout to give it an unfair advantage over rivals.<br /><br />And the BBC&rsquo;s own Trust ordered it to be reined in, in a hard-hitting report yesterday.<br /><br />Further acquisitions like the one that saw the company buy travel guide company Lonely Planet for &pound;89m in 2007 will be ruled out. It will also be forced to offload stakes in non-BBC branded international channels such as Animal Planet<br /><br />But the BBC said in a statement: &ldquo;There are no plans for the sale of BBC Worldwide either in whole or in part and we are not engaging any investment bank in this matter.&rdquo;<br /><br />The BBC also said it has no intention of charging for online news.