Former student to host BBC Radio Breakfast Show

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A former student is celebrating after landing his dream job with the BBC. Chris Howard, 24 from Newcastle will be taking to the airways throughout February presenting the Early Breakfast Show on Radio 1.

Chris, a former Creative Media Production student was crowned the winner of the prestigious "DemoFactor" at the Student Radio Conference last year and on the back of that he’s been meeting with Programme Controllers at the BBC to secure the role.

He’s filled with excitement about his new job which will see him going on air before the Greg James Breakfast Show: “To present on Radio 1 is an absolute dream of mine. I’m so excited to be given the opportunity and I’m looking forward to getting started and warming up for Greg James on the February Friday mornings. I can’t wait to be part of the BBC family!

“I wouldn’t be where I am now without Gateshead College. My course gave me both practical experience and it also taught me the fundamentals of audio production & editing which has been invaluable when editing together my demo's to send out to stations and networks. Since finishing my course I’ve been able to build on these skills which has led to where I am today.”

Deni Chambers, Director of Curriculum and Skills at Gateshead College said:

“We’re so proud of Chris for securing his dream job with BBC Radio. We’re all about ensuring our students have the skills and practical experiences which will set them apart when it comes to getting a job and Chris is a fantastic example of someone who has taken what he’s learnt at college to build a successful career in his chosen industry. I can’t wait to hear him on air.”

You can listen to Chris hosting the Radio 1 Early Breakfast show every Friday in February between 5am – 7am.

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Wed Feb 28 2024