Friday 23 February 2018

RTE renew children's show 'Elev8' for new series

Diana Bunici
Diana Bunici
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

PRESENTER Diana Bunici’s children’s show has been given the green light for another season by RTE.

Bunici, who works at the state broadcaster on a contractual basis, told the Irish Independent that weekday slot ‘Elev8’ will return to RTE Two for its fourth series in the autumn.

“It’s so comforting knowing we’re coming back, there’s a lot of competition these days and like anything in this industry, you just never know what could happen,” Bunici said.

“Kids TV is what I love, I’m really there and in RTE too. I don’t have any plans to move, I feel at home there and to be honest it’s been the best training for me because I was thrown on air the very first day.”

The 22-year-old has just returned from a week-long visit to her ancestral home of Moldova and turned out in Dublin yesterday to attend the Irish Cancer Society’s annual X-HALE Film Festival.

The event saw 38 youth organisations from around Ireland showcase their film projects to highlight the dangers of smoking.

It followed the Government’s announcement that Ireland will become one of the first countries to ban branding from cigarette packaging.

Several of the short films won awards for their efforts yesterday.

Ashbourne Youthreach in Co Meath picked up the award for Best Health Message with their five minute production ‘How Young Is Too Young’.

 “It was based around the notion of young people smoking while they’re pregnant and the increased risks to young mothers. We felt it was important to try and tackle that message,” said Ashbourne Youthreach leader Aaron Fowler.

“Everyday we see the effects of smoking on the kids’ health and how they socialise. They also spend an awful lot of money on cigarettes and all of that leads them down other alley ways.”

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