Internet news sites command same trust as radio

Internet news sources are seen as being as important as the radio, according to an international survey of attitudes to media.

Although only 9% of the 10,230 people surveyed said that the Internet was their most important news source, this was the same figure as for radio.

This figure rises to 19% for people aged between 18 and 24, but tumbles to only 3% for the over 55s. In the US, 14% cite the Internet as their most important news source, although only 8% of British people surveyed felt the same way.

The survey also looked at what news sources were the most trusted. It found that national television was the most trusted source of news, and that blogs were the least -- a figure that stood for each of the 10 countries polled in the survey.

In the UK, the BBC News website was cited among the most trusted specific sources of news and in the US, was also chosen as a trustworthy source.

Overall, 25% of people said they trusted blogs, and 23% said they distrust them, leaving the majority of people unsure.

Blogs are least trusted in Brazil, where just 20% trust them and 45% distrust them, and the US, with 25% trust versus 38% distrust. The US more than any other country has seen bloggers weigh into the political debate for the Republics and Democrats with highly partisan sites.

Blogs are most trusted in South Korea, where 38% say that they trust them, and 3% said that they were their first source of news.

The research was carried out by GlobeScan on behalf of the BBC, Reuters and the Media Center. It questioned people in the UK, the US, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Russia, Nigeria, South Korea and Brazil.

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