The long-serving news chief – regarded as one of the industry’s great survivors – will step down from his role on 23 May, parent company Johnston Press announced yesterday.
Peter, pictured left, has edited the Post for the past nine years and added the Evening Post to his responsibilities following a restructure last year.
During the course of his career he was also editor of the Sheffield Star for 12 years and before that the Gazette, Blackpool.
Peter faced potential redundancy a year ago when it was decided to merge the editorships of the YP and the YEP under a single editorial director.
He had been due to go head-to-head with YEP editor Paul Napier for the combined role, but Paul then landed the role of group editorial development director and Peter lived to fight another day.
Said Peter: “After editing regional daily newspapers for the last 25 years – 21 of them here in Yorkshire – I feel it is time for me to move on to a new phase in my life..
“Editing a paper like the Yorkshire Post has been a privilege, but it is also all-consuming.”
Although Peter will step down from the editorships at the end of May, he will continue to act as a consultant to Yorkshire Post Newspapers.
The recruitment process for a successor will begin next week and the post of editorial director will be advertised.
In his time at the YP, Peter has led the campaign for Yorkshire to get a fairer funding deal from Whitehall, presenting a bank of 60 ideas to Downing Street.
He was also responsible for the relaunch of the Yorkshire Evening Post, with daily supplements, in January.
A company statement read: “Johnston Press announces that Peter Charlton has decided to step down from his role as editorial director of the Yorkshire Publishing Unit at Johnston Press plc from the end of May 2013 after more than 40 years in the regional press.
“Peter has held the Yorkshire Post Editor’s position for the last nine years and has also edited the Yorkshire Evening Post since April 2012.
“He will continue to work within the business until October 2013 to lead key initiatives in Yorkshire whilst also supporting his replacement.
“The recruitment process for a new Editorial Director for Yorkshire will commence early next week.”