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New Poll Finds BBC Losing Trust And Credibility Amid Concerns Over Political Bias

The Daily Telegraph

The BBC is less trusted than other broadcasters, lagging four percentage points behind ITV News over the perceived impartiality and accuracy of its news coverage.

In a new survey by Savanta ComRes just 69 percent of people said they trusted the broadcaster, compared with 73 percent who backed ITV.

While nearly half of Britons believe the country is too reliant on the BBC.

Amid ongoing questions over the broadcaster’s future, the survey found that 47 percent of respondents believe there is an over dependence on its news arms.

The poll, commissioned by Christian Communications Partnership, also found a significant support for Boris Johnson’s calls for a review into the way the BBC is funded, with two thirds of people stating they believe the licence fee should be “scrapped or substantially reformed”.

Half of those polled said they would rather receive news free from commercial broadcasters than pay for it through the BBC licence fee. This falls to just over four in ten of those aged over 55.

The BBC has been hit with accusations of bias from both Labour and the Tories since the Dec 12 general election.

Tory sources said they intended to “withdraw engagement” from Radio 4’s flagship Today programme, with a No 10 source saying there had been a “failure” by senior management during the election campaign.

The broadcaster had faced criticism over its coverage, which included an on-air monologue from Andrew Neil criticising Boris Johnson for his refusal to be interviewed.

A No 10 source called on the BBC to mount an internal investigation into its output over the campaign, saying there had been a “failure by senior management” at the broadcaster.

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