Editor in Banbury since 2007, Jason had also taken on the editorships of the Bucks Herald, Bucks Advertiser, Hemel Hempstead Gazette and the Buckingham and Winslow Advertiser in a restructure last month.
It followed the departure of Roger Hawes in publisher Johnston Press’s ‘newsroom of the future’ shake-up in the South Midlands.
The restructure has seen JP’s titles across the region split into four geographic divisions, each headed up by an editor reporting to group editor David Summers, who also edits the Northampton Chronicle and Echo.
However, Jason says he would have stayed on in his present role had the opportunity at the BBC not arisen.
He said: “I have enjoyed a wonderful 22 years in the regional press, including 12 years as an editor.
“I have been fortunate to work for some great titles, with great people, in great communities.
“I’d like to thank all those who have helped me develop my career in Johnston Press and – more importantly – every single member of my various teams who helped make my role as an editor so rewarding and so much fun.
“I wish them and Johnston Press every success in the future.”
After four years he moved to the Coventry Evening Telegraph to work as a sub-editor before returning to Buckingham as become deputy editor.
He served as Daventry Express editor from 2003 to 2007 before moving to the same position at the Guardian.
Jason will continue in his role while JP considers his new replacement, as the ‘newsroom of the future’ project continues to be introduced across the country.
The scheme, which was piloted in the North Midlands and South Yorkshire, has seen journalists working across multiple titles within certain geographic regions.
Added Jason: “I have already seen some of the benefits the project can bring to newsrooms and had the opportunity with the BBC not arisen I would have been happy to support its continued development.”