Only last month I was writing here of how film critics were becoming increasingly endangered species, with some 28 losing their jobs in America in the last two years alone and not being replaced. Now a worrying trend is starting to emerge over here for TV critics, too. The Evening Standard, which once prided itself on fielding one of the most acerbic in the business, Victor Lewis-Smith, no longer runs a review column of the previous night’s viewing highlights (or lowlights); and now the Daily Telegraph won’t anymore, either, from next week.
James Walton signed off his final column yesterday by saying, “The time has come to bid you a sort of farewell - because this is my last daily TV review. From Monday the Telegraph is redesigning its TV pages in a way that means this space will be occupied by more features and interviews.”
Some of his loyal readers have already posted comments to the online version of his last column, that show that not everyone thinks this is the way to go - but could be proof of the way things are going.