A new report from Ofcom has suggested that people believe radio and TV news is more trustworthy than that found in newspapers.
A survey conducted by the broadcast regulator found that 34 per cent of people trusted what they see in the papers, compared to 66 per cent who trusted radio news and 54 per cent TV news.
It also found that 43 per cent of respondents didn’t trust what they read in newspapers (compared to 24 per cent with TV news and 15 per cent with radio news).
Given that Ofcom is an independent regulator set up to scrutinise the TV and radio sectors, it seems fair to say it’s results can be taken at face value.
Assuming that, they are hardly a ringing endorsement of the trustworthiness of the newspaper industry.
But perhaps more worrying is the fact that even the most trusted sector, according to this survey, only scored 66 per cent.
Even given the fact that some people wouldn’t trust their own parents to tell the truth, it’s a damning verdict on the state of the nation’s media.
State of Play: Unloved