The editor of a formerly independent weekly freesheet which was recently taken over by Johnston Press has left his role.
JP acquired the Independent in July, prompting a south coast “newspaper war” with Newsquest.
It is understood that Greg made the decision to step down himself, after agreeing to stay on as “consulting editor” during the post-sale transition. JP Sussex editor-in-chief Gary Shipton will now take full editorial oversight of the paper.
At the time of the purchase, the company said there were no planned staffing changes to staffing at the newspaper, which joined a stable of 32 other JP-owned titles in the region.
Greg announced his departure on his Twitter account saying he was standing down after “three of the most wonderful years of my career in journalism”.
He added: “Best wishes and thanks to colleagues, contributors, readers, advertisers – especially magnificent (Independent founder and managing director) Mark Ansell and brilliant (chief reporter) Bex Bastable.”
Said Gary: “Greg kindly offered to stay with us as consulting editor through the transition period and has been a tremendous support.
“He has now decided the time is right to step down from the role and we’re sorry to see him go. We wish him every success in the future.”
Greg had taken up the editorship of the Independent, which was founded by Mark in 2011, in July 2013.
Greg served as education correspondent at Today for two years before taking up the same role at the Sunday Times, where he later became news editor and assistant editor.
Greg also founded football website Soccernet with his then 12-year-old son Tom in 1995, which was later sold to ESPN for £25m.