Launched last week, the channel is available across television, radio, the internet and on an app, and will see the station increase its children’s output by up to 34 hours a day.
The channel has been in development for 12 months and is part of RTE director-general Noel Curran’s six-point plan to update the broadcaster.
Head of children’s programming Shiela deCourcy was charged with the implementation of a three-year strategy. The first fruits of her labours are now being enjoyed by tots and teens up and down the country.
Most of the programmes have a very high level of interactivity too, be it learning how to dance, be it repeating words that come up on the television; so it’s not just passive watching.”
One of the simplest and yet most enjoyable new shows is Forest Force which each week sees four children undertake a forest challenge which aims to teach them a respect for the forest environment and a broad range of skills such as compass reading, bark-boat building and bug hunting. In many ways Forest Force reflects the ethos of interactivity, activity, learning and discovery that deCourcy and RTEjr are trying to promote.
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