The editor of a regional daily is leaving his role tomorrow after less than 20 months in the post.
A former deputy editor of the Manchester Evening News, the move marked a homecoming for Devon-born Ian, who began his career as a reporter in Newcastle.
Now Ian is leaving the business tomorrow in a move which apparently left the newsroom stunned.
The move was announced to staff by Blanche Sainsbury, the current managing director of Local World’s South West Media Group who is shortly due to become group commercial director.
She said in an internal email: “Ian Wood editor of The Herald will be leaving the business on Friday 29th November 2013.
“Ian has worked incredibly hard over the last 20 months to develop The Herald, the audience, and the newsroom.
“Please join me in wishing Ian the very best for the future. Ian’s successor will be announced shortly.”
It is understood that Ian himself also made an emotional address to the newsroom saying he was leaving.
“A stunned silence followed. Some of the staff were tearful,”one staff member told HTFP.
He was appointed to the editor’s job by Andrew Blair, who preceded Blanche as MD of SWMG.