Exclusive: Is World Hum Shutting Down?

This weekend, as the New York Times Travel Display progressed, a tiny rumor began to spread — not a thing that generally occurs in the travel globe — that anything large was going down at WorldHum.com, and it wasn’t very good. Planet Hum is finding shut down . . . The web site is on a long lasting hiatus . . . Cofounders and Coeditors-in-Chief Jim Benning and Michael Yessis had been in a protracted custody battle with Nicole Ritchie relating to the paternity of her newborn (okay, I begun that final a single, and it did not have considerably legs).

As a minor background, Planet Hum was founded back in May 2001, and in mid-2007 it was acquired by the Travel Channel. Back then, Jim and Michael has this to say about the acquisition: “We’re not going anywhere. Thanks to the Travel Channel’s commitment, we’ll edit the site total-time, publishing the sorts of stories you have come to expect from Globe Hum.”

Quickly forward to November 2009, and the Travel Channel itself was acquired by cable channel behemoth Scripps Networks Interactive. Travel enthusiasts started to wonder: what was going to happen to Planet Hum?

Then, a few months back, observant readers noticed that Globe Hum seemed to be cutting back in the number of stories it was publishing. Then, abruptly, we saw on their Submissions page that they were no longer accepting submissions. All worrisome indications, and travel lovers started to fret that one of the premier websites for high quality, independent travel creating was perhaps going the way of Arrested Improvement and Freaks and Geeks (canceled lengthy before their due time).

So I made a decision to attain out to the guys behind Planet Hum to get some answers, and it seems to be like there are in fact rays of sunshine in the distance. According to our exclusive interview with Jim, it turns out that Jim and Michael were in truth let go back in November. Having said that, it seems to be like a strategy is in the performs for the web site to get back to its former glory. Per Jim:

We’ve been updating the website only sometimes since [November], and naturally, readers have observed. The great information is that we’re now in the midst of finalizing a partnership agreement with Travel Channel that will let us to proceed to edit the web site on our very own. The moment an agreement is in spot, we strategy to continue publishing good travel stories at Globe Hum. We’ll continue to advantage from Eva Holland’s editing and blogging, also. I’m hoping we’ll be back to publishing day-to-day in the coming weeks.

. . . Planet Hum is our child and we want to assure it lives on. We’re optimistic that the web-site will thrive for a extended time to come.

No even further facts with regards to this partnership have emerged at this time. It seems that time will only tell in what form and form their “baby” will dwell on, but I think I communicate for everyone in the travel globe when I say that we search forward to the day when Globe Hum will get back to executing what it does ideal.

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