Music lovers have responded angrily after a flagship daily announced it would stop publishing reviews of classical, jazz and world music records.
The Scotsman is reported to have told readers on Saturday about changes to its music coverage, which will see it focus in future on rock, pop and folk reviews.
The move led to jazz musician Tommy Smith setting up a petition calling on the Johnston Press-owned title to continue covering all music genres, which gained more than 800 signatures in just a few days.
It is understood that The Scotsman is also ending its music coverage throughout the week and will just publish content in its Monday and Saturday editions only.
Mr Smith launched his petition on Saturday – Robbie Burns Day – saying that a jazz CD which features him was the last to be reviewed by the paper.
He wrote: “On this sacred day, 25th January 2014, the Scotsman newspaper has taken the budgetary decision to end reviewing world music, classical and jazz recordings, which is a heart-breaking bowdlerization of minority art forms and another cessation for the popularization and liberality of creativity.
“They may publish occasional reviews in the future but only from their syndication agreements, as long as they don’t have to pay for them. Who knows where they’ll appear, as their current Saturday magazine is also going to the four winds.
“The final jazz CD reviewed for the Scotsman is printed today and coincidentally is for an ECM album featuring Arild Andersen, Paolo Vinnacia and myself, entitled MIRA, a red giant star.
“It is irrelevant whether the review is rated one star or a sea monster five, what is relevant is that the recording is reviewed for the public to read.
“Gratefully, the Scotsman will continue to review rock/pop and folk music, but should there be favouritism among musical genres?”
The petition, which has now been closed, gained 834 signatures within a few days from across the UK and many of those who signed it were critical of the decision.
Duncan Lunan wrote: “A quality newspaper has an obligation to cover all fields of the arts and music.”
And George Burt wrote: “It’s incomprehensible that Scotsman is going to ignore large parts of the Scottish scene. Daft and counterproductive…”
Johnston Press had not responded to requests for a comment at the time of publication.