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Noel Edmonds questions how much BBC spends on Welsh language, and says he and others hope to buy the corporation

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

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Noel Edmonds has questioned spending by the BBC on the Welsh language.

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NOEL Edmonds has questioned spending by the BBC on the Welsh language.

The veteran presenter made the comment as he revealed how he and a consortium of wealthy investors hoped to buy the corporation.

He said the BBC was "sleepwalking to destruction" and needed to be made "relevant to the internet age".

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

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Edmonds was once a big name on the BBC but now presents Channel 4's Deal Or No Deal.

He was interviewed by BBC2's Newsnight programme and insisted his idea, nicknamed Project Reith, after the Corporation's first director, was serious and backed by a group of "like-minded people who don't want to see Britain lose the BBC".

He said: "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.

"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 admitted he did not pay the licence fee and only watched on catch-up.

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  • paul0453  |  March 19 2014, 8:41AM

    Another racist bigot

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  • no-one  |  March 19 2014, 12:35AM

    "He admitted he did not pay the licence fee and only watched on catch-up" I find it hard to believe he only watches catch-up tv. It sounds like a ploy to evade the license fee. Just because he is rich & famous does not mean he shouldn't pay a license fee like the rest of us. If I said that then I would have an inspector knocking my door, do they just take his word for it?

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  • Neathboy234  |  March 18 2014, 5:40PM

    Edmonds has also of course previously refused to pay licence fee in a challenge to the BBC. I bet he was happy enough to take their wages, and would quickly have thrown his toys out of the pram if his pay had stopped. On a personal note i do find his quite entertaining and admire his childlike outlook on the world to be his greatest asset

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  • Neathboy234  |  March 18 2014, 5:34PM

    Easy for him to pick on a small ethnic group like the Welsh. Just like so many others who seek to blame anyone who is not like themselves for all the problems they believe to exist.

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  • Scarpia  |  March 18 2014, 4:05PM

    I wonder if his business plan for Project Reith will include "causing the death of a civilian" as happened during his "Houseparty" days.

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  • Scarpia  |  March 18 2014, 4:05PM

    I wonder if his business plan for Project Reith will include "causing the death of a civilian" as happened during his "Houseparty" days.

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  • Scarpia  |  March 18 2014, 4:00PM

    I wonder if his business plan for Project Reith will include "causing the death of a civilian" as happened during his "Houseparty" days.

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  • Jiffy  |  March 18 2014, 3:26PM

    Noel Edmonds - a byword in quality television. The BBC motto is "Nation shall speak peace unto Nation", I don't believe Lord Reith envisaged we'd have to speak in Blobby. Edmonds made his name by tricking people. I don't think he's changed.

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  • Dai_Chotomy  |  March 18 2014, 2:31PM

    Spoken by a bloke who has found sleepwalking into a game show that requires no skill to be his old-age pension.

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