BBC Trust Chairman Lord Chris Patten has stood up for former Director-General George Entwistle, saying his reputation has been "regularly trashed" by the media.
Speaking yesterday, Lord Patten said he was saddened Mr Entwistle was brought down by the same failings at the BBC that he had identified as problem areas.
"It further saddens me that he is now written off by large sections of the press as some sort of hapless and inadequate figure, his reputation regularly trashed," he said, adding, "I don't remember many people saying that when we appointed him".
"The man we appointed was and remains a strong creative and editorial leader with a reputation based on 23 years of outstanding service to the BBC".
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