He decided to leave the role after having to confront what one local news website called “family tragedy on an unimaginable scale.”
Publisher Wyvex Media declined to comment further on the reasons for Stewart’s decision to leave which was announced in the Oban Times earlier this month.
It said in a statement that it was now seeking a new editorial director after Stewart resigned from the position he had held for 13 years.
It continued: “Mr MacKenzie, who resigned as Wyvex Media’s editorial director following a series of tragic family circumstances, described his time at the helm of The Oban Times and its three sister tabloids, Argyllshire Advertiser, Campbeltown Courier and The Arran Banner, as ‘a privilege and an honour’.
“His achievements include producing The Oban Times’ 150th anniversary supplements in 2011. Mr MacKenzie had worked with the company for a total of 25 years.”
Stewart’s old role as editor is now being advertised on HoldtheFrontPage at http://jobs.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/display_job/51564/Editor.html
A report on independent local news website ForArgyll.com expressed regret at Stewart’s decision.
“He has had to confront family tragedy on an unimaginable scale. Everyday concerns assume a very different proportion in these circumstances,” it said.
“He has been a strong and attractive public presence for the Oban TImes Group of local papers. He has been a good and interesting voice for the principal title and he has seen notable community service by the paper.
“His influence and his editorial drive has also seen the Argyllshire Advertiser, the mid-Argyll title, improve beyond recognition to the paper it is today.”