Magazine article Insight on the News

State of the Media. (Media)

Magazine article Insight on the News

State of the Media. (Media)

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Americans aren't the only ones who get piqued at their press. British newspapers--a motley assortment of staid broadsheets and slavering tabloids--have received a black eye from their readerships. They are the least trusted in Europe, according to the Eurobarometer; an annual survey of 15,000 people across the European Union.

The British press realm encompasses about 600 local and regional newspapers, including the world's oldest broadsheet, The Times of London. Britons are also voracious readers, with almost half reading a newspaper every day.

But Eurobarometer found that British papers were only trusted by a "dismal" 20 percent of the population--less than half the European average of 46 percent. Elsewhere in Europe, the Italian press was runner-up for the "least-trusted" title, with 39 percent.

Belgian newspapers were deemed the most dependable, trusted by 60 percent. Newspapers in Finland and Luxembourg were next at 58 percent each, followed by those in the Netherlands, at 57 percent. Newspapers in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Austria, France and Portugal had ratings ranging from 43 to 55 percent, respectively. …

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