The BBC’s chairman said Sunday that the broadcasting organization was in a ‘‘ghastly mess’’ as a result of its bungled coverage of a decades-old sexual abuse scandal and in need of a fundamental shake-up. But although Chris Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust, has said that the BBC’s handling of the scandal was marked by ‘‘unacceptably shoddy journalism,’’ he pushed back against suggestions that the crisis could lead to a dismantling of the BBC as it now exists.
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