[UPDATED] Halifax Media lays off Worcester Telegram & Gazette staff just days after buying the paper


- Telegram & Gazette newsroom today

– Telegram & Gazette newsroom today

@SusanSpencerTG: Sad day as we say goodbye to the 20 people who honorably served the T&G for many years.

Halifax Media bought the Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Boston Globe and Red Sox owner John Henry on May 22. Today the Florida newspaper chain laid off at least 20 T&G journalists, according to social media reports. Before today’s cuts, the paper had 81 fulltime equivalent positions, according to GoLocalWorcester.com. Do you have more information? Email me, please.

Update: “T&G staffers have gone into meeting with Halifax Media officials,” tweets @LisaEckelbecker “It’s off the record, so that’s all for now. The cuts are apparently over.” Off the record?

Update 2: A just-posted story about Halifax wrapping up the Telegram & Gazette deal makes no mention of today’s newsroom layoffs.

MassLive.com reports T&G editor Leah Lamson was among those pink-slipped this morning. [Correction: Boston Business Journal reports she resigned.]

* T&G staff and supporters’ tweets at #SupporttheTelegramStaff