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."
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.