After editing the Yorkshire Post for the last nine years, Peter Charlton has announced he is to stand down later this year as editorial director of Yorkshire Post Newspapers and the Yorkshire Publishing Unit.
Since last April, Charlton has also been responsible for editing the sister title, the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Explaining his decision, Charlton, who has a career in journalism spanning more than 40 years, said: “After editing regional daily newspapers for the last 25 years – 21 of them here in Yorkshire – I feel it is time for me to move on to a new phase in my life. Editing a paper like the Yorkshire Post has been a privilege, but it is also all-consuming.”
Charlton will step down from the editorships at the end of May, but will continue to act as a consultant to Yorkshire Post Newspapers.
Charlton has led the campaign for Yorkshire to get a Fair Deal from Government, presenting a bank of 60 ideas to Downing Street, and has done much to extend the brand of the Yorkshire Post in the last nine years.
He was also responsible for the relaunch of the Yorkshire Evening Post, with daily supplements, in January.
Prior to moving to the Yorkshire Post, Charlton edited The Star, Sheffield for 12 years and The Gazette, Blackpool. He recently retired from the board of the Society of Editors.
The post of editorial director will be advertised.