Trust in the BBC plummets

TRUST in the BBC has fallen below 50 per cent for the first time in the corporation’s history, according to data released yesterday.

The British Social Attitudes survey found that in 2009 just 49 per cent of respondents said they trusted the state-funded broadcaster.

That is almost a quarter less than in 1983, when 72 per cent had faith in the organisation.

Trust in the police has also deteriorated, the survey found, falling from 77 per cent in 1983 to 62 per cent in 2009.