The Stratford Herald has said farewell to Preston Witts, a former Central Press and BBC lobby correspondent, after an embargo was placed on the use of all freelance services at the newspaper.
Preston, left, had worked for the Herald for almost 15 years and turned in his last copy before Christmas.
He was previously the Birmingham Post and Mail’s Stratford-upon-Avon correspondent in the late 1960s, before he moved into broadcasting.
His work with the Herald focused mainly on political and general news reporting.
Herald editor Amanda Chalmers said: “The Stratford Herald is not immune to the commercial challenges faced by the entire industry and, as such, we have carried out a financial review of our costs base.
“In order to make necessary budget savings, an embargo has been placed on the use of all freelance services, including Preston Witts.
“It was with regret that we had to say farewell to Preston but this should not in any way detract from the valuable contribution he’s made to the Herald.”