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Meet the fresh RTE faces who will take over from The Den as Dustin flies off into the sunset

MEET Dustin and The Den's new replacements.

As the Turkey heads to the coop, marking the end of 25 years of The Den, RTE has unveiled the future of the station -- actress turned TV presenter Diana Bunici and newcomer Katie Van Buren, who will both host their own shows.

And their picture is a far cry from the days of Ray D'Arcy's striped jumpers, and the obligatory sock puppet which had been the sidekick of every presenter for nearly three decades. Instead, this stylish pair has embraced a much trendier look.

But it's not just the presenters who have been given a makeover -- The Den as been replaced by RTEjr in the morning and TRTE in the afternoon.

Although The Den has undergone several line-up changes since it burst onto our screens as Dempsey's Den hosted by Ian Dempsey 25 years ago, this is the most radical shake up children's television has undergone in recent years.

Commissions editor for young people's programmes Sheila de Courcy explained that it was "time to move on" from the traditional format.

"Kids live in the present, they don't carry the legacy of the past. For them, the past is something that happened five or 10 minutes ago. And for youngsters, new technology and new radio is not something to be frightened of," she said.

A host of new faces have been signed up to rejuvenate the State broadcaster's image, including Ivan Minnock, Sean Regan and Jarlath Regan, who will host The Rumour Room alongside Van Buren.

And former Den presenter Emma O'Driscoll, who will now host a new show called Hubble alongside puppet Ogie, said: "It's a very different experience for us all now to be in a world where The Den's not going to be around anymore."


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