Martin Buhagiar, left, has taken redundancy from his job in charge of Newsquest North London’s Times and Independent Series, based in Hendon, ahead of a shake-up that saw his role disappear.
Also departing after 31 years with the group is Peter Wilson-Leary, formerly editor of the Watford Observer and the St Albans and Harpenden Review.
Tim Jones, previously group editor of the East London and West Essex series which includes the Waltham Forest Guardian, is now additionally group editor of all Newsquest’s weekly titles in North London, South Buckinghamshire and South Hertfordshire.
The news was announced to readers in a series of stories that appeared on the paper’s companion websites this week.
They read: “Tim Jones, previously the group editor for Newsquest’s East London and West Essex titles, has now taken on the role of group editor for all titles across Newsquest North London.”
Martin, who took over the seven Times and Independent titles in April 2011, had previously tweeted about his departure.
He said: “Was my decision to leave when I heard editors were being reduced. Enjoying a bit of time off. Sure I’ll be back soon.”
Martin, 38, also joked about his departure on Twitter with Brian Coleman, a former councillor in the London borough of Barnet whom he had previously criticised in a Hendon and Finchley Times editorial.
Asked by the local politician whether he had been fired, Martin responded: “My redundancy payout was nearly as much as one of your weekly taxi claims.”
Newsquest has not responded to requests for further comment on the changes.
South Herts: St Albans and Harpenden Review, Watford Observer
East London and West Essex: Chingford Guardian, Epping Forest Guardian, Waltham Forest Guardian, Wanstead and Woodford Guardian
North London: Barnet & Potters Bar Times, Borehamwood Times, Ealing Times, Edgware & Mill Hill Times, Enfield Independent, Haringey Independent, Harrow Times, Hendon & Finchley Times, Hillingdon Times.
South Bucks: Bucks Free Press, Marlow Free Press, South Bucks Star