The news that the Bristol Evening Post and the Western Daily Press are to shed around 45 jobs is just the latest in a raft of local journalism redundancies.
Just looking at Wiltshire, ITV West are in the process of cutting editorial staff in half, while the Salisbury Journal, Wiltshire Times and Gazett & Herald have all lost staff. The Bath Chronicle used to be a daily with four editions including two specifically for Wiltshire. It is now published just once a week. It's website lists a pathetic three reporters.
There can be no clearer sign that people will get less service, not a leaner service, because of these cuts than the news that the Western Daily could become no more than a Metro for rural areas.
However, when the Chronicle went weekly we were told that the Western Daily would be able to take up some of the slack. That promise lasted all of 18 months.
The WDP isn't all to my taste. It's the house journal of the Countryside Alliance but at least it covers rural issues rather than write patronising articles about barn conversions.
And when I was starting as a reporter we all looked to the WDP as the place to work before making it in Fleet Street.
Life hasn't stopped in Wiltshire, councils haven't given up making decisions, courts aren't shut for business and businesses keep going. So who is going to tell us about it?
It's worth bearing in mind that Northcliffe (the Daily Mail's regional arm which owns the Bristol and Bath papers) made an operating profit last year of £68m. Admittedly that was down on the £90m+ the year before, but the idea that local newspapers are a financial blackhole isfalse.
It's that owners have unrealistic and greedy expectations about profit. I thought that attitude was going to be shelved in light of the new economic climate we were all living in?