Date
28 May 2017
The overall credibility rating of 29 local news media organizations has slumped from 6.18 points in 2013 to 5.89, the lowest since 1997. Photo: HKEJ
The overall credibility rating of 29 local news media organizations has slumped from 6.18 points in 2013 to 5.89, the lowest since 1997. Photo: HKEJ

Credibility ratings of local news media drop to new lows: survey

The credibility of local news media has dropped to the lowest level since the handover, according to a survey conducted by the Centre for Communication and Public Opinion Survey of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The survey, conducted from Aug. 15 to 25, showed that the overall credibility rating of 29 local news media organizations has slumped from 6.18 points in 2013 to 5.89, the lowest since 1997, Ming Pao Daily reports.

The poll, conducted every three years, was based on interviews with 907 respondents aged 18 or above.

Ratings on electronic media have gone up to 6.36, although CUHK noted that the rise was largely due to the closure of two TV stations which used to score the lowest in previous polls.

Radio-Television Hong Kong (RTHK) kept its place as the most credible media outlet with a score of 6.76 this year, while Television Broadcasts (TVB) saw its score plunge from 6.25 three years ago to 5.88, the lowest mark among the six electronic media.

For paid newspapers, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong Economic Times and Ming Pao Daily News were given scores of 6.54, 6.47 and 6.38 points, respectively, all registering declines from 2013.

Clement So York-kee from the CUHK School of Journalism and Communication said the three newspapers’ scores were too close to say which one was more credible than the others, adding that a margin of error in the survey had to be considered.

Apple Daily climbed to the eighth spot with 5.18, from the 11th place at 4.98 points three years ago.

For online media, thestandnews.com clinched the top spot with 5.24 points, and was followed by Hong Kong In-media with 5.11 and BastillePost with 4.87.

Passion Times had the lowest score of 4.2 points among the seven online media covered by the survey.

So explained that the general downward trend of the credibility ratings of local news media is an indication that there is a lack of mutual trust in society, adding that the situation could further deteriorate.

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