Less than half of Britons trust BBC after Savile sex abuse scandal: Poll
Less than half of the British people trust the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) after it emerged that the firm's late TV presenter Jimmy Savile had sexually abused teenagers through out his carrier, according to a poll.
The poll carried out by Comres on behalf of BBC Radio Five Live found that just 45 per cent of respondents believe the BBC is "trustworthy".
The figure is a significant drop from the 62 per cent who claimed to trust the Corporation in a similar poll in 2009, the Telegraph reports.
The poll, covering 1,000 viewers and listeners, also showed that nearly two-thirds of the British adults believed the BBC would suffer "lasting damage to its reputation".
According to the poll, the level of pride in the BBC also fell, with 62 per cent of viewers saying the BBC was something to be proud of, compared with 76 per cent in 2009.
The findings follow allegations that Savile, a former BBC presenter, abused young girls while working for the Corporation.