Editor-in-chief of Northeast Press weekly newspapers Andrew Smith, has left the company.
He was appointed to the role after editing the Sunderland Echo and having a spell as editorial director of Northeast Press.
He was editor of the Northumberland Gazette as part of his duties as editor-in-chief of the weeklies, a role he took up around 18 months ago.
“We wish to stress that this decision in no way reflects upon Andrew’s performance or ability which has been entirely satisfactory.
“We are in discussion with Andrew regarding a severance agreement.”