Ian, 68, joined the newspaper earlier having previously been editor of the Citizen, Gloucester for ten years and later content director for LW’s Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset titles.
However LW has made clear a new editor will be recruited for the WDP to run the title on a day-to-day basis.
Ian, pictured, will be staying on as a part time consultant editor to Bristol, Gloucestershire and the rest of the region concentrating on developing business and commercial partnerships.
Said Ian:” I have thoroughly enjoyed my sixteen years with the group and helping to develop the teams of journalists who have worked with me. I was particularly proud of the team at The Citizen where we won the national newspaper of the year award twice.
“I have developed long standing commercial partnerships with customers, and this is an area I look forward to growing further.
Sarah Pullen, managing director Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset said: “Ian is a great ambassador for the media industry who has a great energy and focus after 40 years in the business. It is a real privilege to work with him.”