We hear that the Birmingham Post is scrapping its classical music review budget. The economy measure will take effect after Christmas.
A proud tradition going back 150 years is being extinguished by executive decree.
The only glimmer of light is that chief critic Christopher Morley and his team will carry on reviewing selected events for the paper, but without payment.
Birmingham, with the best hall in the country and possibly the best orchestra, was about to be wiped off the map by its heartless newspaper.