Brexit Party Chairman and former MEP Richard Tice says, the controversy caused by the BBC over not performing the lyrics to Rule Britannia and Land of hope and glory spells the end for the BBC.
Mr Tice said to the Express: “They just seem so out of touch with the mood of the vast majority of the British people who are patriotic, proud of our nation, proud of our heritage and proud of the huge successes.
“The truth is they are no longer the national broadcaster, they are the broadcaster of north Islington.
“I think Tony Hall, the outgoing director-general, needs to wake up, slap himself round the face, smell the coffee and realise this could potentially be the final nail in the coffin for the BBC.
“They are in the Government’s sights, you have only got to look at growing support for things like Defund the BBC, the support that we in the Brexit Party get when we talk about it in our surveys.”
Mr Tice continued: “I think that the mood of the vast majority is we believe in the great United Kingdom, we are proud of our heritage.
“Of course we weren’t perfect, no one is, of course there are parts of our history that we need to learn from and make sure we never do again.
“But if you try to cancel our history, cancel some of our most patriotic songs, then I think you are going to find yourself completely the wrong side of the mood of the country.
“This could be the final nail in the coffin for the BBC in its current form. I think there is a real mood for change.
“There is a recognition there are so many other ways of accessing great documentaries, great programming, factual news channels, that people will say ‘I just don’t need the BBC anymore’. It is a big important moment.”
He said: “It’s interesting, the people that don’t want the lyrics generally they are the FBPE whinging Remoaners.
“They don’t believe in this country, they don’t believe in being patriotic.”
Mr Tice also criticised the BBC’s recent move to scrap free TV licences for over-75s which sparked a major backlash.
He said: “When you think how out of touch they are with the recent row with making people over the age of 75 pay the licence fee.
“I think it is over 10,000 pensioners could have a free TV licence if Gary Linekar was no longer presenting Match of the Day at £1.75 million per annum.
“It’s completely and utterly ludicrous. There are some fantastic sports people who could present that show for frankly a twentieth of that cost.”