British actor James Corden has courted controversy by backing Bbc bosses' cost-saving plans to close the broadcaster's youth-focused channel.

A number of stars including Russell Tovey and Matt Lucas have criticised the decision to take Bbc Three off the air and move it online in a bid to save the corporation as much as $88 million (£55 million).

However, Corden - whose successful Tv show Gavin & Stacey debuted on Bbc Three - insists the transfer is a good idea, pointing out the success of other online media platforms such as video streaming service Netflix.

He says, "If they were saying, 'We're closing Bbc Three and this avenue is closed to new writers and creators', then I would be as outraged as people are about it (not) being on Tv.

"Providing they (Bbc) still invest and it's still a commitment to make new and interesting shows, then the audience will find them in the same way you and I enjoy (Netflix series) House of Cards. That's how people are consuming their Tv now.

"People say: 'Oh, but would you be happy for your show to go on Bbc Three if it was just online?' If I was sat here telling you I had just signed a huge deal with Netflix you'd be going: 'Wow, that's amazing.'"

A petition campaigning against the move has pulled in more than 255,000 signatures on Hit shows such as Being Human and Little Britain have previously debuted on the channel.