The New York Times' sale of 15 regional papers in six states -- including the Herald-Tribune in Sarasota, Fla., and The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, Calif. -- to Halifax Media Group has been accidentally revealed by a premature web listing of Halifax properties, a tipster tells Jim Romenesko. The page listing the papers is gone now, but Romenesko reports The Times is being a bit cagey: "New York Times corporate communications senior vice president Bob Christie won’t comment now, but said he would call back." According to the tipster, the sale's been in the works but was supposed to be announced later.

Update (2:00 p.m.): As Foster Kamer at The New York Observer reportsThe Times is also just finishing up a fresh round of voluntary buyouts.