A man from Winterton will present his own show on a national LGBTQ + radio station in London.

Ben Johns, 23, was announced as the winner of Hits Radio Pride’s Future Star award last month after reaching the bottom eight in a nationwide competition.

Launched in August, the contest asked aspiring presenters to submit demos to win the opportunity to present their own show on Hits Radio Pride.

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Ben received the most public votes of the last eight and won the contest.

He now hosts his own show every Sunday in December from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. from the top of BT Tower in London.

Ben, a member of the LGBTQ + community, even received an endorsement from Kylie Minogue on her Instagram page during her campaign.

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Ben Johns, from Winterton to Scunthorpe, hosts his show every Sunday between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Hits Radio Pride

Hits Radio Pride was launched last year and is the UK’s first dedicated LGBTQ + radio station by a major broadcaster.

Ben was immensely proud to have won Hits Radio Pride’s Future Star award.

He said: “I still can’t believe I won.

“Having the support of my friends, family, the folks in Winterton and even Kylie Minogue meant so much thank you to everyone who voted for me.

“One of my goals in 2021 was to host my own radio show and to have realized that is so rewarding and I hope that winning Future Star marks the start of a successful career as a presenter.”

The Winterton man enjoys his job as a proud radio presenter and feels his love of music and presentation has brought him to where he is today.

He told Scunthorpe Live: “I’ve always wanted to work in the media industry.

“One of my first brushes came when I did an internship at the Scunthorpe Telegraph when I was in school.

“I’m a huge music fan and love to chat, so during my university studies I decided to get involved with my student radio station and decided that I really enjoyed presenting.



Ben received the support of none other than Kylie Minogue while campaigning to be the future star of Hits Radio Pride

“From there I started volunteering for the BBC in Birmingham and knew that was what I wanted to do.

“Three shows, I’m having the best time of my life and can’t wait to get even more involved in the New Year.”

Ben is really proud to be from Winterton, which is close to his heart.

He said: “Winterton is a very special place with a proper community atmosphere, and I will always be proud to be from North Lincolnshire.

“I have so many memories of growing up and living in the region.

“But I have to say some of my favorite times were going out for a night out in Scunthorpe.

“Bring back the Britannia nightclub.”

Ben says it’s important to educate the LGBTQ + community to encourage a better understanding of who people are and what they believe in.

Ben told Scunthorpe Live: “Diversity is a beautiful thing, if everyone was completely the same life would be very boring.

“I know that from growing up gay in North Lincolnshire.

“I know it can be a bit alienating at times when it feels like there isn’t such an easily accessible community to feel part of, and that’s why it’s so important to raise awareness and be an ally of the LGBTQ + community.

“The world is constantly changing, and some people have to accept this rather than be afraid.

“In my opinion, there is always room to do more work, but I have noticed a positive development on the part of the society at large, which accepts and supports the community.

“But there is always the option to take a moment to learn more about all aspects of the LGBTQ + community.”

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