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First presenter-led show for 500m-view Barcroft

Online channel Barcroft TV has commissioned its first presenter-led series as it passes the 500 million YouTube views mark.

Barcroft YouTube screengrabThe UK-based operator – which is also distributor via AOL On Network, Yahoo Screen, Japan’s GyaO! and China’s Youku – has greenlit Top 5 Shorts, a weekly round-up show featuring Barcroft’s most popular and commented-on content.

Ex-Bizarre magazine news editor Alix Fox, who has been appointed Barcroft Media’s head of social, will present the show.

“My background at Bizarre has meant I’ve been immersed in researching and reporting on the weird, wonderful, alternative and amazing for many years now, so joining the Barcroft TV team is both an organic and evolutionary move which allows me to fully embrace my fervour for fresh platforms and new media ,” said Fox.

Barcroft TV’s YouTube channel now 533,000 global subscribers, while the overall business has now passed 500 million views. The channel will soon offer long-form videos for the first time.