Up to 190 staff at HMV have just been told that they have lost their jobs, including several tech buyers.
The news was broken by HMV’s head of technology and games Ewan Pinder, who is amongst the casualties.
“The last two years at HMV have been a blast,” he said on Twitter. “Now to the future!! Hope it all works out for the team that remains. First batch now gone and questions being fielded. Clearly very upsetting and unhappy.”
Pinder confirmed that around 60 workers were at the retailer’s head office to be given the bad news this afternoon.
Administrator Deloitte has since said that in fact 190 jobs were lost across head office and the firm's distribution network.
It also seems that chief financial officer Ian Kenyon has left the company. The games team currently remains largely intact, although the firm's tablet PC buyers have gone, suggesting a move away from the sector.
It is expected that Deloitte will announce further store closures and store staff job losses in the coming hours.
HMV's official Twitter account posted the following on the subject, but some of the tweets have since been deleted: