Mike Gilson, left, joined the South Coast title in December 2014 having previously edited four other UK regional dailies.
At the time, the appointment was seen as a major coup for Newsquest, which hailed Mike’s “outstanding pedigree” as a multi award-winning newsman.
However staff were told today that Mike has now left the paper, with head of content Lucy Pearce stepping up to take his place and London group editor Andy Parkes taking on a wider regional role.
Tony Portelli, managing director Newsquest South London and Sussex, confirmed the moves in a statement issued this afternoon.
It read: “Mike Gilson, group editor for Sussex, has left the company. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Mike for his contribution to the company and I hope that you will join me in wishing Mike every success in the future.
“With immediate effect Andy Parkes will take on the role of group managing editor for South London and Sussex. Andy is currently group managing editor for Newsquest South London. Andy will continue to report into me.
“Lucy Pearce will take on the role of editor/head of content for Newsquest Sussex also with immediate effect. In addition to driving the day to day news agenda Lucy will also be active in representing our titles within the business community.
“All staff that previously reported to Mike Gilson will now report into Lucy. Lucy will report into Andy Parkes.
“I am sure that you will join me in wishing both Andy and Lucy every success in their new roles.”
Mike joined the Argus after five years at the Belfast Telegraph, during which time it won the UK Regional Newspaper of the Year award in 2011.
Last month he oversaw the paper’s move into new city centre offices in Manchester Street, Brighton, after 23 years at Holingbury industrial estate on the outskirts of the city.
Lucy, right, steps up to the editor role after three years as news editor, having originally joined the paper as assistant news editor in 2012.
She began her career at the Dorset Echo in 2009 and has also worked for the news agency SWNS.