Its deputy editor Chris Lloyd will now oversee the day to day operations at Malcolm’s former titles in his role as deputy group editor (Newsquest North-East) from May.
Echo editor Peter Barron, who also holds the position of group editor (Newsquest North-East), will assume overall responsibility for the papers.
He paid tribute to Malcolm in a piece announcing the departure on the Echo’s website.
Said Peter: “It has been a privilege to have worked with Malcolm over three decades of momentous change in our industry.
“Throughout, he has been a source of great support, not only as a colleague but as a trusted friend. I will miss his wisdom, vast experience and great integrity.”
David Coates, managing director of Newsquest North-East, added: “Malcolm has done a superb job in steering the Darlington & Stockton Times through a period of significant change, maintaining the paper’s values and building on its reputation for editorial quality and trust.
“We wish Malcolm the very best for the future.”
Malcolm has yet to respond to HTFP’s request for a comment.