No culling of subeditorial staff, no mass redundancies of newsroom personnel, has grieved me quite as much as the latest casualty of Lachlan Murdoch’s Channel Ten purges: Video Hits.

The venerable music video program, which airs on Saturday and Sunday mornings and was first seen in February 1987, is the second longest running music TV show in the world; the longest running is the Eurovision Song Contest. (Rage premiered in April 1987.)