THE long-serving editor of the Darlington & Stockton Times has decided to leave his post, it was announced today.

Malcolm Warne has edited the prestigious weekly title for 23 years as part of a distinguished 35-year career based in Darlington with Newsquest.

He has also edited the Durham Times and the Advertiser series of free newspapers. Previous posts have included news editor of The Northern Echo.

David Coates, managing director of Newsquest North-East, said: "Malcolm has done a superb job in steering the Darlington & Stockton Times through a period of significant change, maintaining the paper’s values and building on its reputation for editorial quality and trust. We wish Malcolm the very best for the future."

Following Malcolm’s departure at the end of May, Peter Barron, who has edited The Northern Echo for 16 years, will assume responsibility for the company’s entire editorial operations as Group Editor (Newsquest North-East). 

Working with Peter, Chris Lloyd, currently Deputy Editor of The Northern Echo, will oversee the day to day operations of non-daily production in his role as Deputy Group Editor (Newsquest North East).

Mr Barron said: "It has been a privilege to have worked with Malcolm over three decades of momentous change in our industry. Throughout, he has been a source of great support, not only as a colleague but as a trusted friend. I will miss his wisdom, vast experience and great integrity."