Noel Edmonds slams spending on Welsh TV as bid to buy BBC unveiled

South Wales Argus: Noel Edmonds has said the BBC is wasting "£48 million" on a "declining" Welsh Language and has said he wants to buy the corporation Noel Edmonds has said the BBC is wasting "£48 million" on a "declining" Welsh Language and has said he wants to buy the corporation

VETERAN presenter Noel Edmonds has said the BBC is wasting "£48 million" on a "declining" Welsh Language.

His comments came as he announced his hopes to buy the corporation along with a consortium of wealthy investors.

Edmonds claims the BBC is "sleepwalking to destruction" and said only an injection of outside influence could make the broadcaster "relevant to the internet age" and admitted that he did not presently pay for it via the licence fee.

The ex-BBC star - who now presents Channel 4's Deal Or No Deal quiz - said he did not have a licence because he only watched programmes via the online "catch up" service.

In an interview with BBC2's Newsnight, he insisted his idea was serious and backed by a group of "like-minded people who don't want to see Britain lose the BBC".

Nicknamed Project Reith - after the Corporation's first director - it had "run some models" of possible present and future values, he said, though he had "absolutely no idea" what the price might be.

"We believe that the BBC is sleepwalking itself to destruction and the BBC will be lost to Britain and we do not think that is right," he said.

"This is a really serious situation where the BBC, because of its triple problems of the way in which it's been funded, historic baggage and the way in which it is used as a political football, its very future is in doubt."

"It's a patient that is now terminally ill and it needs another force from outside to cure it and make it fit for a world that we couldn't have envisaged 10 years ago."

He declined to disclose how the schedules might look if he got his way - but pointed to the sums presently spent on the World Service and Welsh-language programming.

"Because of the historic baggage we've got a ridiculous situation where the licence fee now covers the World Service," he said.

"Most people in Britain don't even know how to get the World Service.

"There are 50,000 people speaking Gaelic. Welsh language has been declining over 10 years and the BBC spends £48 million on that."

Asked if he paid the licence fee, he said: "I don't have a TV licence. I don't watch except on catch-up."

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1:33pm Tue 18 Mar 14

gathin says...

Don't pay the license tax then they will stop burning your money.
The BBC is a rubbish Zionist outfit that doesn't support or represent the people who pay their way and broadcasts repeat after repeat.
BBC- you will not be missed- Goodbye.
Don't pay the license tax then they will stop burning your money. The BBC is a rubbish Zionist outfit that doesn't support or represent the people who pay their way and broadcasts repeat after repeat. BBC- you will not be missed- Goodbye. gathin
  • Score: -15

1:49pm Tue 18 Mar 14

ThisisMaindeewithtwoees says...

Noel Edmunds will save us. Can it get any worse than that? He's as entertaining as watching the opening of an empty box.
Noel Edmunds will save us. Can it get any worse than that? He's as entertaining as watching the opening of an empty box. ThisisMaindeewithtwoees
  • Score: 32

1:56pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Martyn Butler says...

Thats a SCARY thought - Hands OFF AUNTIE

IF hes got great ideas for a new channel or Network - let him go build it - Plenty of duff channels he could snap up - The BBC does not need Noel Edmonds

> NO DEAL
Thats a SCARY thought - Hands OFF AUNTIE IF hes got great ideas for a new channel or Network - let him go build it - Plenty of duff channels he could snap up - The BBC does not need Noel Edmonds > NO DEAL Martyn Butler
  • Score: 30

1:56pm Tue 18 Mar 14

welshmen says...

All stop paying the fee, bye bye BBC.....
All stop paying the fee, bye bye BBC..... welshmen
  • Score: 0

3:20pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Thor at the door says...

He's right, spend it on the most common up and coming language in the uk and Wales exclusively.....Arab
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He's right, spend it on the most common up and coming language in the uk and Wales exclusively.....Arab ic ....... Thor at the door
  • Score: 6

3:22pm Tue 18 Mar 14

harryfan says...

He's going to be popular.
He's going to be popular. harryfan
  • Score: 14

4:11pm Tue 18 Mar 14

heresphil says...

Anyone that witnessed the car crash hysteria of the shortlived Noel's HQ on Sky a couple of years ago will realise why he would be one of the most unqualified and dangerous individuals to be allowed anywhere near the BBC (together with his shady 'investors').

If he just wants a platform to rant about the shortcomings of local councils he should just sign up to the Argus forums like everybody else.
Anyone that witnessed the car crash hysteria of the shortlived Noel's HQ on Sky a couple of years ago will realise why he would be one of the most unqualified and dangerous individuals to be allowed anywhere near the BBC (together with his shady 'investors'). If he just wants a platform to rant about the shortcomings of local councils he should just sign up to the Argus forums like everybody else. heresphil
  • Score: 23

4:23pm Tue 18 Mar 14

brynglas says...

Millionairre Edmunds can afford to boast about buying the BBC but won't spent £150 on a TV licence - what an utter pr*ck this man is!

As for spending £48million on Welsh TV - Let "Cymdeithas yr Iaith Cymraeg" fund it and let the majority Anglophone Welsh citizens keep our money.
Millionairre Edmunds can afford to boast about buying the BBC but won't spent £150 on a TV licence - what an utter pr*ck this man is! As for spending £48million on Welsh TV - Let "Cymdeithas yr Iaith Cymraeg" fund it and let the majority Anglophone Welsh citizens keep our money. brynglas
  • Score: 21

5:44pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Llanmartinangel says...

brynglas wrote:
Millionairre Edmunds can afford to boast about buying the BBC but won't spent £150 on a TV licence - what an utter pr*ck this man is!

As for spending £48million on Welsh TV - Let "Cymdeithas yr Iaith Cymraeg" fund it and let the majority Anglophone Welsh citizens keep our money.
The attitude that makes me laugh is that of the people who want the BBC to fund itself by advertising but who want S4C to be paid for out of public money. I wonder how much advertising revenue Welsh language TV gets?
[quote][p][bold]brynglas[/bold] wrote: Millionairre Edmunds can afford to boast about buying the BBC but won't spent £150 on a TV licence - what an utter pr*ck this man is! As for spending £48million on Welsh TV - Let "Cymdeithas yr Iaith Cymraeg" fund it and let the majority Anglophone Welsh citizens keep our money.[/p][/quote]The attitude that makes me laugh is that of the people who want the BBC to fund itself by advertising but who want S4C to be paid for out of public money. I wonder how much advertising revenue Welsh language TV gets? Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 13

7:23pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Mervyn James says...

Thank Mr Edmunds but.... NO DEAL thank you !
Thank Mr Edmunds but.... NO DEAL thank you ! Mervyn James
  • Score: 10

9:13pm Tue 18 Mar 14

squirrelchez says...

brynglas wrote:
Millionairre Edmunds can afford to boast about buying the BBC but won't spent £150 on a TV licence - what an utter pr*ck this man is!

As for spending £48million on Welsh TV - Let "Cymdeithas yr Iaith Cymraeg" fund it and let the majority Anglophone Welsh citizens keep our money.
To be fair to him, if he only watches on catch-up, why should he pay the fee? Anyone can do the same thing, so I don't think it's fair to call him up on that...
As has been pointed out, the BBC is full of repeats, so if you can get out of paying the fee, then fair play. Though I believe their nature programmes are some of, if not, the best in the world, so personally I'm happy to pay the fee for those alone, along with the odd drama (Doctor Who and the such - made in Wales!).
[quote][p][bold]brynglas[/bold] wrote: Millionairre Edmunds can afford to boast about buying the BBC but won't spent £150 on a TV licence - what an utter pr*ck this man is! As for spending £48million on Welsh TV - Let "Cymdeithas yr Iaith Cymraeg" fund it and let the majority Anglophone Welsh citizens keep our money.[/p][/quote]To be fair to him, if he only watches on catch-up, why should he pay the fee? Anyone can do the same thing, so I don't think it's fair to call him up on that... As has been pointed out, the BBC is full of repeats, so if you can get out of paying the fee, then fair play. Though I believe their nature programmes are some of, if not, the best in the world, so personally I'm happy to pay the fee for those alone, along with the odd drama (Doctor Who and the such - made in Wales!). squirrelchez
  • Score: -6

9:51pm Tue 18 Mar 14

varteg1 says...

Megalomanic inferiority complex seems to be the best assessment one can make of such a idiotic notion.

Thankfully, Murdoch made a mess of his attempt to grab the BBC, and he has global smack, Edmunds stands even less chance of getting what he wants.

If he wants a Mickey Mouse outfit he should try for the House of Commons.

There he'd be amongst like minded clots.
Megalomanic inferiority complex seems to be the best assessment one can make of such a idiotic notion. Thankfully, Murdoch made a mess of his attempt to grab the BBC, and he has global smack, Edmunds stands even less chance of getting what he wants. If he wants a Mickey Mouse outfit he should try for the House of Commons. There he'd be amongst like minded clots. varteg1
  • Score: 6

7:32am Wed 19 Mar 14

Dai Rear says...

Setting up a rival should be the way to go but when the competition is funded by a Poll Tax it's impossible. After the Flowers disaster I'm awaiting Miliband's announcement that his government will fund the Coop by a Poll Tax so that everyone can/has to use it. Bit like GUM in his dad's old homeland.
Setting up a rival should be the way to go but when the competition is funded by a Poll Tax it's impossible. After the Flowers disaster I'm awaiting Miliband's announcement that his government will fund the Coop by a Poll Tax so that everyone can/has to use it. Bit like GUM in his dad's old homeland. Dai Rear
  • Score: -2

8:10am Wed 19 Mar 14

Frankfurt says...

I don't understand his reference to Gaelic speakers. The BBC provides a Gaelic language service, BBC Alba. Doesn't he know that? Sounds like an ignorant twit to me.
I don't understand his reference to Gaelic speakers. The BBC provides a Gaelic language service, BBC Alba. Doesn't he know that? Sounds like an ignorant twit to me. Frankfurt
  • Score: 2

4:45pm Wed 19 Mar 14

jimmytheone2 says...

welshmen wrote:
All stop paying the fee, bye bye BBC.....
All stop reading this idiot's postings. Bye bye Welshmen......
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: All stop paying the fee, bye bye BBC.....[/p][/quote]All stop reading this idiot's postings. Bye bye Welshmen...... jimmytheone2
  • Score: 3

3:17pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

varteg1 wrote:
Megalomanic inferiority complex seems to be the best assessment one can make of such a idiotic notion.

Thankfully, Murdoch made a mess of his attempt to grab the BBC, and he has global smack, Edmunds stands even less chance of getting what he wants.

If he wants a Mickey Mouse outfit he should try for the House of Commons.

There he'd be amongst like minded clots.
Or even better, the Welsh Assembly, even more clots there.
[quote][p][bold]varteg1[/bold] wrote: Megalomanic inferiority complex seems to be the best assessment one can make of such a idiotic notion. Thankfully, Murdoch made a mess of his attempt to grab the BBC, and he has global smack, Edmunds stands even less chance of getting what he wants. If he wants a Mickey Mouse outfit he should try for the House of Commons. There he'd be amongst like minded clots.[/p][/quote]Or even better, the Welsh Assembly, even more clots there. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 0

8:00pm Thu 20 Mar 14

varteg1 says...

Cymru Am Beth wrote:
varteg1 wrote:
Megalomanic inferiority complex seems to be the best assessment one can make of such a idiotic notion.

Thankfully, Murdoch made a mess of his attempt to grab the BBC, and he has global smack, Edmunds stands even less chance of getting what he wants.

If he wants a Mickey Mouse outfit he should try for the House of Commons.

There he'd be amongst like minded clots.
Or even better, the Welsh Assembly, even more clots there.
No Beth, why settle for dull grey lead when he can go for nice shiny gold.

Of course, all that glitters is not gold, but don't tell him that, he may after all opt for lead.
[quote][p][bold]Cymru Am Beth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]varteg1[/bold] wrote: Megalomanic inferiority complex seems to be the best assessment one can make of such a idiotic notion. Thankfully, Murdoch made a mess of his attempt to grab the BBC, and he has global smack, Edmunds stands even less chance of getting what he wants. If he wants a Mickey Mouse outfit he should try for the House of Commons. There he'd be amongst like minded clots.[/p][/quote]Or even better, the Welsh Assembly, even more clots there.[/p][/quote]No Beth, why settle for dull grey lead when he can go for nice shiny gold. Of course, all that glitters is not gold, but don't tell him that, he may after all opt for lead. varteg1
  • Score: 0

9:07pm Thu 20 Mar 14

cath 872 says...

This from a man who gave us Mr Blobby.....think I'll pass.
This from a man who gave us Mr Blobby.....think I'll pass. cath 872
  • Score: 1

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