Jon, whose role as deputy editor has expanded substantially over the past year, took full editorial responsibility for the Echo this week and will continue until a permanent successor is appointed.
Instead, Echo assistant editor Rob Irvine will now become acting editor of the Daily Post from March 21.
In addition to this, Daily Post assistant editor Mark Thomas will play a key role in overseeing an important set of initiatives designed to maintain the title’s recent circulation success.
Andy Campbell, assistant editor of the Daily Post Wales, is to join the Echo as assistant editor, as cover for Rob Irvine.
Neil Benson, regionals editorial director, said: “It is very encouraging that we are able to fill these senior temporary roles internally, with such experienced, capable people.
“It underlines the depth of editorial talent within the North West region.”