According to AllMediaScotland, Colin will undertake a “review of the editorial operation of weeklies across the majority of Scotland”.
The website adds he “will be looking at, among things, how editorial content might be more efficiently shared”.
In March 2013, Colin was appointed as Scotland’s representative on JP’s newly created editorial board, which was set up to encourage best practice across the company.
His deputy at the Herald, Duncan McCallum, will take over day-to-day responsibility for the running of the paper in the meantime.
Julie Currie, currently editor of the Carluke and Lanark Gazette titles, will look after the Linlithgow Journal & Gazette in his place.
Johnston Press has declined to comment further on the plans. The AllMediaScotland story can be viewed here.