Dozens of premium-content channels bankrolled by YouTube have been launching on the video site since January. So how have the first few weeks been for YouTube’s new TV stars? We caught up with Philip DeFranco, John Green and Felix Salmon to find out.

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It’s been almost four months since YouTube officially announced its channel initiative, which aims to bring new, professionally produced content from Hollywood celebrities and YouTube stars alike to the site. Since then, dozens of channels have launched, with participants ranging from Reuters to Motor Trend to the Vlogbrothers. But who are the people behind these new shows, how has it been working out for them, and what’s in it for YouTube? We talked to three of YouTube’s new TV stars to find out.

Wondering what other channels already launched on YouTube as part of this initiative? Then check out our complete list.

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  1. You’ve just been phill’ed in!

  2. He found amazing presenters for SourceFed, which is the main reason that I watch all their videos. Also, how is the concept hard to get your head around? It’s just a series of news videos, around 2 minutes long each, uploaded everyday.

  3. how is it difficult to understand? my 50 year old parents would not get it right away, but to anyone under 30 it’s really not that complicated…just awesome.

  4. YouTubes Newest Stars, HERE I COME!


  5. Reblogged this on Life at School and Other Stuff and commented:
    Can you imagine this fellow be the new TV star in the media? Well, guess again! This guy is sure hitting the high notes about the world, even if he thinks that world is the best and worst of both worlds… Check this and see how popular his own blog and SourceFed had gotten higher and more informative in the latest news.
    Comments? Keep them short, clear, and to the point. So this is Diana reporting that news people could also become famous without the need of a broadcaster to make you famous.

  6. I have to thank Phil for giving me the inspiration for my own show just starting out last week http://www.eclecticoldgrump.com. I’m definately not as fast paced as Phil but what do you expect from a 57 year old grump?

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