By far and away the biggest news of the summer period came from the United States based publisher TechInsights. The publisher of titles including EETimes and the raft of DesignLines has reached a final agreement for the sale of the Brussels-based publishing company, European Business Press SA, to André Rousselot.

EBP will continue to publish EE Times Europe under license from United Business Media as well as Microwave Engineering Europe and their associated web sites, and

It is known that several key European staff currently on TechInsight’s payroll will remain as European correspondents to EETimes rather than report into the new publishers. This includes John Walko, Colin Holland, Christophe Hammerschmidt and Peter Clark.

With this in mind, it’s less clear what this means for the circulation quality of EETimes Europe, at least in the short term.

That said, as PMN broke last week, Julien Happich will become editor in chief at EETimes Europe. Julien is a very experienced editor notably working in the past on the European products lead title EPN. With this background, will Julien steer the title to be a product or analysis based magazine?