Jonathan Russell, editor in chief of The Herald is to leave his role at Newsquest Herald & Times the company has stated.
A week after The Drum revealed that Russell's future was in question after he had been absent from the offices, believed to be in protest at further budget cuts being imposed at the Glasgow publisher of The Herald and The Evening Times, a note from Tim Blott has been sent around staff stating that Russell is to depart.
The email simply stated; “Herald & Times Group editor-in-chief, Jonathan Russell, has decided to leave the company at the end of this month. Managing director, Tim Blott, thanked him for his service.”
It is understood that executives from Newsquest visited the offices last week to discuss tightening the budgets at the offices, which Russell is said to have opposed.
Russell succeeded Donald Martin, who joined DC Thomson to head up The Sunday Post in 2010.