We hear that the Independent on Sunday has given all of its arts critics one month’s notice. From September, the paper will run a digest of other newspaper’s reviews.
Independent? Well it hasn’t been that for a long time, certainly not since it was bought for a shilling by the KGB Lebedev family. But to abandon all arts reviews and replace them with snips from other papers is a travesty of what was once a free press. From September, avoid the Dependent newspaper.
Our sympathies to the excellent music critic, Anna Picard.
We hear also that the TV critic and columnist of the daily Independent, Tom Sutcliffe, has been given his marching orders.
UPDATE: A response from the Editor here