It is understood no replacement has yet been lined up for Keith’s role and that Johnston Press is currently reviewing its editorial structure in the area.
Although his full time career with the group ended last week, Keith is set to be retained as consultative editor at the Observer series in Hastings, Bexhill, Rye and Battle on a part-time basis.
Said Keith: “My entire working life has been spent at the heart of local communities. It really has been a privilege and particularly so in East Sussex, which has such a fantastic community ethos.”
Keith began his career in his native Northamptonshire, where he rose to the role of editor at his hometown paper, the Daventry Express, aged 21.
He then edited the Rugby Advertiser before moving to The News, Portsmouth, where he held various posts including news and features editor, associate editor, deputy editor and newspaper sales and promotions director.
In 2001 he became managing director of TR Beckett, the JP subsidiary responsible for the Observer series.
Four years later he became the MD of Central Counties Newspapers, with responsibility for titles across Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Oxfordshire.