Boston Globe owner John Henry announced yesterday he’ll sell the Worcester Telegram & Gazette — not to a local owner as he had originally hoped, but to Florida-based Halifax Media Group, which one analyst predicted will soon take a butcher’s knife to the newsroom.
“I’d expect layoffs,” said Ken Doctor of Newsonomics. “In general, they take a pretty lean approach to management and staffing. ... For readers, they shouldn’t expect much of an investment in the news product.”
Henry acquired the T&G when he bought The Boston Globe from the New York Times Co. last year. At the time, he told T&G staffers “it’s important” for the paper to be under local ownership and he was looking for someone with “tremendous energy and a passion” for the paper, according to a Telegram article.