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Dyke says Patten has been damaged by controversies over Jimmy Savile and large payouts to former executives

The former BBC director general Greg Dyke says the chairman of the BBC Trust, Chris Patten, is a "busted flush" and the corporation would be better without him at the helm in one of its most crucial years.

In an interview with the Guardian, Dyke said Lord Patten had been left severely damaged after what the culture secretary, Maria Miller, described as an "annus horribilis" for the corporation, and predicted that the trust would be abolished and the BBC brought under the control of the media regulator, Ofcom.

With the debate over the future shape of the BBC and its funding due to begin in earnest in 2014, Dyke said it was time for its supporters to stand up and be counted with its "biggest enemy, the Murdoch empire, in disarray".

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