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VNU BUSINESS MEDIA EUROPE REINFORCES ITS ONLINE PORTFOLIO WITH A MAJORITY ACQUISITION OF “SILICON.FR”

A leading French website aimed at new technology professionals

VNU Business Media Europe (BME) based in London, has taken a majority interest of Silicon.fr (www.silicon.fr), one of the leading technology news websites in the market. This investment is part of the current strategy of VNU to reinforce its online portfolio and to transform its activity into a true cross media organization. VNU BME announces the acquisition of Silicon one week after it acquires the UK technology website “The Inquirer”. 

Alongside the cross-media leading brands of VNU Publications France (SVM, SVM Mac, Expert PC, Direct PC and CRN), the VNUnet network in France, www.vnunet.fr, is one of the top IT communities and reaches a large population of professionals and registered users. With the Silicon.fr acquisition, VNUnet France will become the first network of websites in the IT news sector, with a readership of more than 2 million unique visitors in France.  

Launched in December 2000 with editorial director Pierre Mangin (co-founder of `Silicon.fr'), the site became, in a few years, the essential player in IT information online. Its’ global and B2B vision of the market, its independence and the critical tone of its journalists have been the key to the success of this site whose traffic continues to progess, doubling each year.

“Silicon.fr” has built a database of almost 100,000 qualified members over the years, making up a valuable, well informed and influential readership. This very demanding group of readers is considered difficult to reach through the principal channels of the traditional media.

“By adding Silicon.fr to our French online portfolio, we are able to reach additional professional readers thus providing an enriched and unique offering to customers in the French market” said Dominique Busso, CEO of VNUnet.

Pierre Mangin, Director of “Silicon.fr” states: “It is a fantastic opportunity for our daily website specialising in B2B technologies information.
This backing from a giant of the “high tech” media will consolidate our position in France and in a number of French-speaking countries. The resources and extent of the VNU international network will clearly enable us to accelerate our growth. ”

Dominique Busso adds: “By joining our internet business VNUnet, Silicon.fr not only supplements our online publications, it will invigorate them and bring a new dimension, confirming our leading position and common ambitions in the European market of online information.

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A propos d’Agence de Presse Magazine : Editeur de Silicon.fr (www.silicon.fr), Agence de Presse Magazine fournit du contenu d'informations IT repris par de nombreux sites Web, jusqu'au Québec, et produit des newsletters et des publications d'entreprises technologiques, à l'image du bulletin trimestriel de Hub Telecom.

About VNU Business Media Europe (http://www.vnubme.com) : VNU Business Media Europe is one of the leading b2b publishing companies in Europe. Specialized in areas such as technology, business & finance, and recruitment, we deliver highly valuable information to the business communities formed by our readers and visitors to our exhibitions and websites. Through these cross-media information platforms we offer our clients focused and measurable solutions for their communication needs with leading business professionals throughout Europe. VNU BME is present in 7 wholly-owned operating companies in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain. It has approximately 70 print titles, gained through organic growth and the acquisition of strong local publishers. It is No. 1 or a strong No. 2 in each of its markets. VNU BME has a leading online position in the IT World industry in Europe via its network of VNU.net sites that reach over 10 million unique users per month. VNUnet is VNU’s one-stop-shop to gather information and news about trends, products and software in the IT world, including solid analysis from VNU’s leading print brands such as Computing, Computable and Computeractive. VNU is constantly striving to expand on this base with partnerships such as this.

For more information, contact:
Dominique Busso
+ 33 6 13 02 58 45

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