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BBC needs overhaul after sex abuse crisis: Trust chairman

Published on Nov 11, 2012 6:41 PM

LONDON (AFP) - The chairman of the BBC Trust said on Sunday the British broadcaster was in need of a major overhaul following the crisis over its child sex abuse report that led to the resignation of its director-general.

"If you're saying, does the BBC need a thorough structural radical overhaul, then absolutely it does. And that's what we'll have to do," Mr Chris Patten, who heads the BBC's governing body, said in a television interview.

He was speaking after the dramatic resignation of director-general George Entwistle on Saturday, following a crisis over a programme that wrongly implicated a former Conservative politician in a sex abuse case involving a children's home in the 1970s.

Mr Patten said the "tragedy" of situation was he had appointed Mr Entwistle to push through reform of the sprawling organisation.

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