Fewer than a third of Britons believe the BBC performs well when it comes to accurate news reporting, a survey has revealed.
Only 29 per cent gave a positive rating to publicly-funded news.
It was a lower figure than people in ten of the 14 countries involved in an international survey.
Public news services in Russia, Venezuela and Egypt were among those rated more highly by viewers and listeners.
The result is especially embarrassing for the BBC as the research was carried out on behalf of its own World Service.
Earlier this year a survey for the regulator Ofcom showed that the number who think the BBC is impartial has fallen to 54 per cent from 77 per cent in 2002.
Now, this is what really concerns me: the majority of people still persist in believing the Beeb to be impartial, in spite of all the great abundance of evidence to the contrary. Still, the fall in levels of trust is significant, and it is to be hoped that the trend will continue (actually, the ideal would be for the trend to be justifiably reversed, but there's no point hoping for what won't happen).
Postscript: There's another instance of BBC bias, and general incompetence, reported in this article by Charles Moore in yesterday's Telegraph.