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patch signing off ??

Chris any truth to the story in on LowellSun.com  that this is the end of Tewksbury and Wilmington Patch?
Karyn January 30, 2014 at 01:17 AM
This is the article from the Lowell Sun: Online news site Patch lays off hundreds; Tewksbury, Wilmington sites sign off The Lowell Sun Updated: 01/29/2014 05:28:14 PM EST A Sun Staff report Local online news service Patch laid off the bulk of its employees on Wednesday morning, its second round of layoffs since August. Patch's creator AOL has entered joint venture with Hale Global, selling its majority stake in Patch on Jan. 15. Patch is estimated to have cost AOL $200 million to $300 million to run. Patch was operating more than 900 sites across the country. There is no official word on the total number of employees laid off, but sources have told several outlets that layoffs could be two-thirds to 90 percent of staff. Patch operates four sites in Greater Lowell: Chelmsford, Tewksbury, Westford and Wilmington. The future of the sites and their employees is not clear. On one site, a reader post laments the departure of the editor. Tewksbury and Wilmington sites late Wednesday Tweeted out that they were "signing off." Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/breakingnews/ci_25018286/online-news-site-patch-lays-off-hundreds#ixzz2rrMuLzmQ
Sharon January 30, 2014 at 07:07 AM
I hope this is not true as this is really the only local source we have for news pertinent to our town. I am not sure how we will get as much town news otherwise. It has been a real service to the community. If anyone knows of other sources, please post.
Bill Gilman January 30, 2014 at 09:18 AM
Let me clarify for all my Tewksbury friends. Chris Gambon tweeted that HE was signing off as he and I are among those who have been laid off. As i understand it, none of the sites will be shut down, though only about 25 percent will be staffed with editors. Stay tuned for more information, as i'm sure the folks still on board will be updating you. Those people are good people, quality people who care about the community. Folks like Danielle Masterson and Matt Schooley and Liz Taurasi and Les Masterson.
Bob January 30, 2014 at 09:24 AM
Bill, Thank you and good luck in your future endeavors!
southie January 30, 2014 at 04:42 PM
Thanks Bill, And also good luck!
Sharon January 30, 2014 at 07:36 PM
Thanks, Bill. You did a great job. Good luck in the future
brigara January 30, 2014 at 08:30 PM
Bill and Chris, Best of luck and happy trails to you both. Thank you for all you have provided to our community. You both are the best. I'd love to see you both start your own on-line news source for our community so we could all leave the Patch (including our lovely editors) and go there with you. Such a bummer you have to go.
Robert L Homeyer February 01, 2014 at 10:51 AM
audio of the Patch layoffs. This was a link from the SFGate news sources https://soundcloud.com/#jim-romenesko/sounds-from-wednesday-morning
denise February 01, 2014 at 01:18 PM
Bill, as soon as you left and they changed the format...it went downhill for me..Good luck with your future adventures!
Karyn February 01, 2014 at 01:44 PM
I have to agree with Denise....it seemed Bill was definitely most 'on top of things' going on in Town. Once the format changed I believe readership went down too, though I must say it's been entertaining lately.
Splice February 01, 2014 at 06:35 PM
Don't forget that we still have the Tewksbury Issues site that can be used. It was greatly used before Patch rolled out. Here's the link: http://www.tewksburyissues.org/phpBB3/index.php
Tewksbury2001 February 01, 2014 at 08:42 PM
If this does close down the business development people at the Lowell sun and town crier should set up a similar format for area towns.
Karyn February 01, 2014 at 09:36 PM
I agree, splice.....TewksburyIssues was the original and is still the real deal.
Simon Cowell February 02, 2014 at 09:10 AM
Bill Gilman, I wish you the best in the future and Im sorry you got laid off. You did a fantastic job with the TewksburyPatch! That said, once Bill left, the quality of the site plummeted. Stories not reported in timely fashion, more fluff and filler rather than substance, etc. Its too bad because Bill made this site a very releveant media source. Tewksburyissues is a ghost town, and not a serious website. Never was. Hopefully something fills in the void.
Sharon February 02, 2014 at 09:21 AM
I agree with Simon. The quality and timeliness certainly changed from something I looked forward to every day to - oh, are they even on a new day yet.... Bill you did a great job!! There is definitely a need for something here.
Dan O'Neill February 04, 2014 at 05:56 PM
Thanks Bill...you are brilliant, formidable, knowledgeable & fair....I wish you luck!!
Dirk Anderson February 04, 2014 at 07:22 PM
It went way downhill since Bill was running the site. Since you are now laid off, you should start your own site!
SD From T-Bury February 06, 2014 at 02:47 PM
Thank you Bill and Chris. You both did great jobs!

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