Independent media best, survey shows

Almost three-quarters of South Africans feel that independent TV, radio stations and newspapers are important, according to a survey released yesterday.

Almost three-quarters of South Africans feel that independent TV, radio stations and newspapers are important, according to a survey released yesterday.

Seventy-three percent of 2000 metropolitan adults polled by TNS Research Surveys agreed with the statement that: "It is important to have independent [media] so that we can get unbiased news."

A total of 15percent disagreed and 12 percent didn't know.

Those with higher education and wealth levels were more likely to agree, about 85 percent, than poorer and less-educated people, about 60 percent.

Agreement in Gauteng was strongest in Johannesburg and Pretoria, with 87percent and 86percent respectively. In Soweto, 77percent agreed. - Sapa

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