ATHENS – Many Greeks are turning to online new sources – it wasn’t said if credible or conspiracy – a survey taken by the European Union’s Eurobarometer has found, which showed only 39 percent of them trust in their TV and radio stations.
That’s lower than the 48 percent across the bloc which indicated that TV and radio is still the go-to source for Greeks that more are relying on alternatives in a time of social media and posts that can’t be verified as accurate.
The findings were published by the European Parliament which showed Greeks depend more on alternatives to TV and radio in the age of instant posts and amateur journalist sites.
When asked which media they most used to access news in the previous week, 65 percent said TV, 57 percent said online press and news platforms, 55 percent said social media and 24 percent said radio.
Much of the mainstream media in Greece is also aligned with political parties or views that tend not to be objective but color the news to their agenda, adding to the uncertainty or lack of trust.
Across the EU, 71 percent of respondents said that TV is their primary source of news, with 42 percent going to online press and news platforms with radio and social media tied at third with 37 percent.
Greeks are most interested in national politics – 57 percent – followed closed by 56 percent for international affairs and 55 percent in local events even though there is often a political slant to what they read or hear there.
The most popular social media platform is Facebook, with 73 percent of Greeks favoring that, ahead of the EU average at 63 percent while 62 percent use the encrypted phone service WhatsApp, 17 percent in Greece.