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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 12:03 PM

Nearly half the public have less trust in BBC since Jimmy Savile scandal

Source: the guardian

Nearly half the public have less trust in the BBC since the Jimmy Savile scandal began, according to an opinion poll produced on behalf of MediaGuardian on the eve of the expected publication of Nick Pollard's inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the axing of a Newsnight investigation into the late presenter's activities.

Market research agency Conquest Research & Consultancy's survey, conducted 24-26 November, found that 49% of respondents trust the BBC less than they did before "recent events" a reference to the later misidentification of Lord McAlpine by Newsnight as well as the grim sex abuse scandal revealed by rival broadcaster ITV.

Of these, 19% of the 300 surveyed say they trust the BBC "much less than before", while 30% trusted the corporation "slightly less than before" in the aftermath of a six week controversy that ultimately led to the departure of its short-lived director general George Entwistle in the wake of the McAlpine error.

David Penn, the managing director of Conquest Research warned that the fallout from the Savile/Newsnight debacle "could well produce a permanent downgrade in the BBC's status," although he added that what was propping the broadcaster up was a perception that it was a "national treasure" which meant it remained the most trusted media outlet in Britain.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/dec/18/public-trust-bbc-jimmy-savile

For us in the States, does the poor management of the Savile affair mean seeing the BBC World Service (that many NPR stations carry for overnights and evenings) the same as Fox so-called News?

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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 12:20 PM

2. I've been listening to BBC News and public affairs

programming, first on shortwave radio, much later on the internet, now via NPR, since the 50's. No, they're not fox news, but they're much, much, inferior to what they were when they were a government tax-supported monopoly.

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