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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 April, 2005, 13:17 GMT 14:17 UK
BBC News tops MPs' survey
Jim Naughtie
Today and Jim Naughtie both scored highly in the survey of MPs

MPs believe the BBC is the most influential broadcaster when it comes to getting their message to voters and in setting the political agenda, according to a survey by industry magazine Broadcast.

BBC programmes took the top seven places in the vote for the programme most likely to influence voters. BBC News led with 30% of the vote with the Today programme scoring 27%.

BBC One's Question Time and Radio 4's Any Questions were joint third with 19%.

GMTV, Sky News and local radio were the only non-BBC output to rank in the list.

The Today programme was voted the most influential programme in setting the political agenda, followed by BBC Two's Newsnight programme.

Although Today's influence was acknowledged by the panel of politicians, anchor John Humphrys emerged as broadcasting's "least objective" presenter.

Nearly 20% of those asked, the majority of whom were Labour MPs, said that Humphrys was the least impartial in their opinion.

Jeremy Paxman was voted the most highly regarded interviewer, with Jim Naughtie, Jonathan Dimbleby - and conversely Humphrys - also listed.

A BBC spokesperson defended the Today presenter: "John Humphrys, together with the BBC's other presenters and reporters, epitomises impartial reporting. John's approach is one that is firm but always fair."


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