Strictly Come Dancing, Top Gear and The Apprentice are all rumoured to get the axe.
The former BBC boss Ed Williams has revealed concerns the shows, along with Dragons’ Den and The One Show are nearing the end of their “natural lives”,
But what could replace the popular shows among Gloucestershire’s households is unknown.
The former director of communications was reported as saying the BBC had failed to come up with a Saturday night ratings winner for years.
He said: “I think there’s a series of very popular formats which over the next five to ten years will reach the end of their natural lives, such as Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice, Dragons’ Den, Top Gear, The One Show,” the Express reported.
His comments come after last year’s dancing show suffered its lowest ratings for a final in four years.
More than 11.5million people watched Abbey Clancy as she was crowned the 2013 Strictly champion in comparison to 11.9 million people who tuned in to see gymnast Louis Smith win the previous year.
In 2010 the figure was 13 million for both shows.
He was said to have made the comments in a new book, called Is The BBC In Crisis?.
He also said the best writing talents avoided working for the taxpayer-funded corporation because of lower salaries.
He said: “What I think is particularly challenging for the BBC is how can they make the case to get the best creative people at the BBC coming up with these ideas when, actually, if you’ve got a great idea, why take it to the BBC?” the BBC reported.