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VNU Business Media Europe acquires leading Dutch online technology site, Tweakers.net

VNU Business Media Europe, a leading European business-to-business media company, today announced that its Dutch subsidiary, VNU Business Publications, has reached an agreement to acquire Tweakers.net, the largest web site for technology news and information in the Netherlands.  

Tweakers.net serves both IT professionals and home technology users. The site attracts 1 million unique visitors a month, who, together, generate more than 55 million page views a month. Tweakers.net is a community site with over 40 active forums. It offers daily news about the industry, the latest in technology products and services and new developments shaping the Internet. Tweakers.net also offers a price comparison tool named PriceWatch and a retailer ranking based on user experiences. Tweakers.net employs 16 staff and is based in Amersfoort. It will continue to operate as a stand-alone business but will be linked to the Dutch IT sites and magazines of VNU Business Publications.  

“This acquisition will make us the undisputed leading player in the Dutch online IT market”, said Erik Hoekstra, managing director VNU Business Publications. “Together with our existing brands Computable, Emerce, PCM, Computer Idee and Gizmodo, we can offer our clients complete access to both the professional IT users and the home users in the Dutch market, both on- and off-line”.  

“As a part of VNU Business Media Europe Tweakers.net will be able to expand its leading role in the Dutch online IT market even further”, said Daniël Kegel, director of Tweakers.net. Supported by VNU, we can greatly improve the quality of information and service that Tweakers.net currently provides to its users” . With the acquisition of Tweakers.net VNU Business Media Europe is making its third on-line acquisition in the last four weeks. Previously the company announced the acquisitions of The Inquirer.co.uk and Silicon.fr, leading technology news sites in the UK and France, respectively. VNU Business Media CEO Ruud Bakker comments: “The acquisitions of The Inquirer.co.uk in the UK, Silicon.fr in France and Tweakers.net in The Netherlands are important steps to transforming Business Media Europe to the leading European cross-media player. We are aiming to roll out these new acquisitions into our European-wide operations. Together with our existing strong print brands VNU will offer a total media solution to our readers and advertisers in the IT media space”.  

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About VNU Business Publications (http://www.vnubp.nl)
VNU Business Publications is a leading Dutch business-to business publishing company. It specialises in 5 main areas; recruitment, professional IT, consumer technology, management and fashion. It publishes 14 cross media brands: Intermediair, Intermediair online, IntermediairPW, NationaleVacaturebank, Computable, CRN, Emerce, PCM, Computer Idee, Gizmodo, Management Team, Sprout, Textilia and Schoenvisie. VNU Business Publications is part of VNU Business Media Europe.

About VNU Business Media Europe (http://www.vnubme.com)
VNU Business Media Europe is one of the leading business-to-business publishing companies in Europe. Specialised 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 web sites. 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 industry in Europe via its network of VNU.net sites that reach over 10 million unique users per month. VNUNet is a 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 ComputerAct!ve.

About Tweakers.net (http://www.tweakers.net)
Founded in 1998 as one of the first hardware technology web sites in the Netherlands, Tweakers.net quickly expanded and became the premier technology community on the Dutch internet. Tweakers.net serves over 55 million page views a month to more than 1 million unique visitors and is one of the most recognised online communities among IT professionals and technology enthusiasts in the Netherlands and Belgium. Our primary services include a 24/7 news service, a highly valuable price comparison tool and very successful online forums. Known as the Gathering of Tweakers, the Tweakers.net forums are listed as the 19th largest message board in the world according to Big-boards.com. The Tweakers.net Pricewatch is recognised as the most comprehensive hardware and software price comparison tool in the Netherlands by both consumers and retailers. Tweakers.net currently employs 16 staff members and numerous freelancers. The forums are moderated by a large group of enthusiastic volunteers. Our highly involved community counts over 100,000 active members. Tweakers.net is based in Amersfoort, the Netherlands.

Press contacts:
VNU Business Publications
Erik Hoekstra, managing director
Ceylonpoort 5-25
Haarlem
0031 (0)23 – 546 3718

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