The San Diego Union-Tribune is in the process of laying off at least 40 newsroom employees, two newsroom sources said.

Lorie Hearn, a senior editor at the newspaper, is in the midst of delivering the news to the affected employees, a source said.

Two sources said the employees are being given 60 days notice, a state requirement whenever a company lays off more than 50 people.

The layoffs are the first under the newspaper’s new ownership. The Union-Tribune’s sale to Beverly Hills-based Platinum Equity was completed Monday.

We’ll have more later.

ROB DAVIS

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