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Nearly half of people in the UK don't think BBC News journalists tell the truth, according to YouGov poll

Yahoo! News UK logo Yahoo! News UK 17/12/2019 Jimmy Nsubuga
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Nearly half of the people in the UK do not believe BBC journalists are honest and objective, according to a new YouGov poll. 

The study showed 28% of people did not have much trust in the public broadcaster, while 20% did not trust it at all. 

The number of people who did trust the BBC a great deal was 8% and a further 36% trusted the organisation a fair amount.

The latest figures showing the decline in public trust came after the organisation was criticised for its coverage of the general election.

BBC’s election anchor Huw Edwards defended his colleagues in a LinkedIn blogpost from accusations of bias.

He wrote: “We are all committed to providing a fair service, but we sometimes make mistakes, which we deeply regret.”

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BBC journalist Laura Kuenssberg was repeatedly slammed by Labour supporters for her reports during the campaign.

In one incident she came under fire when she tweeted a Labour activist had punched a Tory adviser at Leeds hospital.

It later turned out the Tory advisor had accidentally walked into a protester’s arm after a video of the incident was released.

Ms Kuenssberg said sorry for the mistake, tweeting: “Happy to apologise for earlier confusion about the punch that wasn’t a punch outside Leeds General - 2 sources suggested it had happened but clear from video that was wrong.”

Jeremy Corbyn wearing a suit and tie: REVIEW OF THE DECADE - POLITICS File photo dated 12/09/15 of Jeremy Corbyn after he was announced as the Labour Party's new leader at a special conference at the QEII Centre in London. © Provided by Yahoo! News UK REVIEW OF THE DECADE - POLITICS File photo dated 12/09/15 of Jeremy Corbyn after he was announced as the Labour Party's new leader at a special conference at the QEII Centre in London.

Journalist and broadcaster Peter Oborne felt the BBC let Mr Johnson get away with a lot during the campaign.

He wrote in the Guardian: “In the 2019 general election, however, the BBC has been behaving in a way that favours the Tories.

Mr Oborne added: “I hope that BBC executives are not favouring the Tories simply because they fear the revenge a Conservative government would take if the corporation gave proper scrutiny to its stunningly dishonest campaign.” 

Conservatives attacked the BBC after Andrew Neil criticised Mr Johnson in a monologue when he failed to appear for an interview like every other party leader had.

Former Today programme host John Humphrys said it was “crass to let Andrew Neil treat the Prime Minister as a naughty boy” in an article he wrote for the Daily Mail.

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The YouGov report revealed Brexiteers were more distrusting of the BBC compared to Remainers, while Tories also objected to the organisation’s coverage more compared to Labour and Liberal Democrat supporters.

YouGov only interviewed supporters from the three leading parties for the poll.

The new YouGov numbers were from December 1 and 2, a previous poll on October 14 and 15 showed 27% of people did not have much trust in the public broadcaster, while 14% did not trust it at all. 

The previous study also revealed 9% trusted the broadcaster a great deal and a further 42% trusted the organisation a fair amount.

Yahoo UK has contacted the BBC for a comment.

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