27th August 2014, 1:01pm
Lincoln YouTube stars go live on BBC Radio 1
Lincoln stars go live on Radio 1 They have millions of online followers, their films dominate YouTube, and now three University of Lincoln alumni will take to the airwaves as guest presenters for one of the UK’s biggest radio stations.

Thomas ‘TomSka’ Ridgewell, Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs, who all completed the BA (Hons) Media Production programme at the Lincoln School of Film & Media, have been hand-picked as part of a new breed of youth presenter for BBC Radio 1.

From September, they will be among some of the world’s most celebrated young video bloggers – or vloggers – joining the station to present a new weekly show that will be will be broadcast live on Radio 1 as well as streamed on the Radio 1 website.

The group of internet sensations, which also includes Zoella, Tyler Oakley and Joe Sugg, will join regular hosts Dan and Phil each Monday between 9-10pm. Dan and Phil will host the first show at 9pm on Monday 1st September 2014, with their fellow vloggers taking over the following weeks.

Speaking about the initiative, Ben Cooper, Controller of BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, said: “Traditional youth broadcasters must adapt or die. It would be short-sighted to dismiss the importance of vloggers and ignore the new breed of presenting talent that is so influential to young audiences.”

Dan and Phil added: "We're both extremely excited about our new show. We feel like proud parents introducing the spawn of the internet to the people of the radio. Each personality will bring something totally different and seeing what they do with their episode and what music they play will be a really interesting, great experience!"

Since graduating from the University of Lincoln in 2011, TomSka has grown a global following of three million subscribers on his YouTube channel, with his irreverent sketches, cartoons and short films amassing more than half a billion views. In 2013, he featured on the cover of Wired magazine as part of a feature on "How YouTube Reinvented the Entertainment Business", and was also selected by YouTube as a guest host for its successful Geek Week series.

Jack Howard graduated from Lincoln in 2013, and Dean Dobbs will collect his degree certificate this September. Together they are Jack & Dean, and have a YouTube channel with almost 21 million views. Earlier this year, Jack Howard was hailed as an “inspiration” by Jon Kilik, the Hollywood producer behind the award-winning Hunger Games films.

Jack said: “I'm extremely excited about this. Radio is something that I never thought I wanted to do until I got into the studio and realised how comfortable and free and creative it is.”

Head of the Lincoln School of Film & Media, Dr Sarah Barrow, added: “We’re so proud of these talented Lincoln graduates whose creativity and ambition continue to be inspirational, as they carve out new ways of working in and experiencing the world through media.”
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