The move comes two months after Paul was named as editor-in-chief for the Central and East region in TM’s new editorial structure.
Paul joined the Hertfordshire Mercury as a trainee reporter in 2000 on the Royston and Buntingford edition, progressing to news editor for the Mercury series and then editor before joining the News.
It is understood that Paul does not have a new job to go to.
Said Paul: “I have had a fantastic 16 years with these titles and it has been a pleasure and an honour to edit the Mercury series and the Cambridge News.
“We have made terrific progress both in print and online and I have met many wonderful, hard-working and talented people during my time here. I would like to wish the team all the best for the future.”
Regional managing director for Central & East Richard Duxbury added: “I would like to thank Paul for his hard work and commitment over the years and wish him all the best for the future.”
Andy Veale, who joined the news as deputy editor in 2014 having previously edited the Hunts Post for eight years, has been appointed acting editor while a replacement is recruited.
Staff were told of Paul’s forthcoming departure after being called to a meeting yesterday afternoon.
One Cambridge News staffer, who did not wish to be named, paid tribute to his work as editor and expressed shock at his departure.
He told HTFP: “Paul was the hardest working man in the office, and undoubtedly the hardest working editor I have ever come across.
“He would call stories in when he was on holiday and regularly make improvements and tweaks to online copy into the early hours. This flies in the face of all the time and effort he has put in over many years.”