Australians name the news they trust, regional papers erect a wall, E! gets a local team, and other media tidbits of the day.

ABC most-trusted media outlet. A Roy Morgan survey has found that Australians trust the ABC far more than other media outlets. The survey asked 4000 Australians which media brands they trusted and distrusted. The ABC, SBS and Fairfax were the only media brands to score a positive trust score. Social media was the least-trusted category of news, and the media overall had a negative trust score. Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine said in a statement that distrust was “the critical measure everyone’s ignoring”.

“Distrust is where our deepest fears, pain, and betrayal surface — the shock of discovering we were foolish to trust too much. And nowhere is that sense of betrayal more profound than in our media brands,” she said.

Behind the paywall. Fairfax Media has expanded its subscription model to Albury-Wodonga’s Border Mail. The regional paper went behind a paywall on Monday, as did the Wagga Daily Advertiser a few weeks ago.

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Wagga Wagga readers weren’t happy, and the person behind a Facebook group republishing the articles for free was reportedly sent a cease and desist letter.

Local E! team appointed. NBC Universal has appointed an Australian editorial team for E! Entertainment, overseeing local digital content. Ashley Spencer, previously editor at Nine’s The Fix and senior editor at Us Weekly in New York, will be managing editor of E! News Australia. Winsome Walker, previously at Marie Claire, WHO magazine and News Corp, will be associate editor.

Video of the day. Brazilian TV journalist Julia Guimraes has made headlines for calling out a man who tried to kiss her while she was on camera, reporting on the World Cup.

Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings. Another late night (or early morning) out of the way. Now to watch the World Cup without any pressure. Australia lost 2-0 to Peru and it was watched by 1.02 million from around 11.30pm onwards to after 1.30am. Seven’s House Rules, 1.24 million, Masterchef, 1.230 million. Seven wins, Ten did OK, Nine lagged, again.

In regional markets another procession for Seven with the 6pm News on top with 606,000 viewers, followed by Seven News/Today Tonight with 494,000, House Rules with 486,000, Home and Away with 442,000 and the 5.30pm part of The Chase Australia with 413,000. Read the rest at the Crikey website.

As a Crikey subscriber and someone who began working as a journalist in 1957, I am passionate about the importance of independent media like Crikey. I met a lot of Australians from many walks of life during my career and did my best to share their stories honestly and fairly with their fellow citizens.

And I never forgot how important it is to hold politicians to account. Crikey does that – something that is more important now than ever before in Australia.

Liz
North Stradbroke Island, QLD

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