Robert Collins, deputy literary editor of the Sunday Times, is to leave his role this week, and will not be replaced.
Collins, who has worked for the Sunday Times books desk for six years, told The Bookseller the move was “part of wider cuts at the paper”.
Sunday Times literary editor Andrew Holgate will be running the books desk on his own “for now”, Collins said.
Collins' last day at the Sunday Times will be this Friday 18th July, after which he will go freelance, writing features and interviews.
Last week Collins spoke on a literary journalist panel at The Bookseller’s Marketing and Publicity Conference, telling the event that literary journalists are "dying for is something to scream about", and looking for books newspapers will “get a good piece out of”.
On the same panel freelance writer Patricia Nicol warned a lack of advertising from publishers was leading print publications to cut down on books coverage, putting space for reviews at an even greater premium.
Collins can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @roberteacollins.