The editor of Sheffield daily The Star has resigned after just seven months in the role.
The former Sunday Times journalist had been the acting editor of The Star since November 2009 and was previously editor of the Halifax Courier for six years.
But he has now decided to leave the role to look for a new challenge after 25 years working for Johnston Press titles.
The surprise move was announced to journalists in an internal memo from John Bills, managing director of Sheffield Newspapers Ltd.
It said: “It is with regret that I have to tell you after 25 successful years with Johnston Press titles John Furbisher has decided that the time is right for him to look for fresh and different challenges.
“In his time with the company he has edited both the Halifax Evening Courier and of course most recently the Sheffield Star where he has led committed and professional teams of journalists who I am sure will be sorry to learn of John’s decision.
“I’m sure you will join me in wishing John every success with whatever he chooses to do next.”
Before becoming editor of the Courier, John had been deputy editor of the Yorkshire Post under Tony Watson and also spent several years as the northern correspondent of the Sunday Times.
He began his career in journalism with the Wakefield Express in 1980.
John’s departure comes less than six weeks after that of Mark Rodgers, who until mid-December was managing director of Sheffield Newspapers.
He was replaced by Mr Bills in a management shake-up that saw Sheffield Newspapers, South Yorkshire Newspapers, North Notts Newspapers and Derbyshire-based Wilfred Edmunds combined into a single business unit.
Earlier this month, journalists at the centralised subbing unit in Sheffield were told about plans by Johnston Press to cut jobs there, leading to the NUJ balloting members over industrial action – although the company insisted there would be no reduction in headcount.