The axe has fallen on guide book behemoth Lonely Planet's tight-knit team of website writers, with eight content production roles made redundant at the whim of the company's BBC management.

Shocked staff were informed yesterday of the decision to dissolve the positions, which included two core veterans that had been with the company for years. Lonely Planet management is yet to make a formal announcement, but the firm's Footscray office is in meltdown, with angry staffers taking to Facebook to criticise their employer and the company's digital strategy.