The editor of Bournemouth’s Daily Echo has been made redundant after 13 years at the helm.
Neal’s departure was announced to staff on Friday lunchtime and confirmed in a short three-paragraph story in Saturday’s Dorset Echo.
It read: “Dorset Echo editor Toby Granville has been appointed group editor of Dorset in a newly created role.
“Toby will now be editing both the Dorset Echo and the Bournemouth Echo following Neal Butterworth’s departure. Neal left yesterday following 13 years as editor of the Bournemouth Echo.”
A source told HTFP that Neal left the Echo offices at lunchtime on Friday after penning a farewell letter to staff.
Neal, who was at the helm of the South Coast title when it won regional newspaper of the year at the Newspaper Awards in May, becomes the eighth regional daily editor to leave his role this year.
In 2007 Neal was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by Bournemouth University.
The university recognised Neal for being “an independently minded editor and columnist”, who has become a leading and influential figure in Bournemouth and the surrounding area, with an acute insight into public life and politics.
Meanwhile, two Newsquest weekly editors are also standing down from their positions this month.
Editor of the Andover Advertiser Joe Scicluna has decided to leave exactly 15 years to the day after first taking on the role.
Joe, who completed 30 years with the company in July, will leave on 22 December.
Newsquest Andover and Basingstoke publisher Gary Kendall said: “I would like to thank Joe for his outstanding contribution to both the Andover Advertiser and the wider Andover community as a whole.
“Joe’s passion for the paper and the town has been evident throughout his tenure as editor.
“We wish Joe and his family every success for the future.”
He has been replaced by Alex Cameron, who was news editor of the Taunton-based title.