A HOLME VALLEY schoolboy has become a TV critic after winning a place on a Kids Council.
Lucas Senior is one of eight children throughout the UK who get to watch unseen children’s programmes and adverts and give his views to television bosses.
He was selected to join the board of the Jetix Kids Council and, along with the seven other children, is classed as a non-executive board director of the children’s TV channel.
The seven-year-old Hade Edge Junior School pupil is delighted with his new role.
He said: “I’m really excited to be part of the council.
“It’s a really good idea that kids like me are given the chance to have their say.”
Mum Sally said: “Lucas saw a competition online to go on the Kids Council and we applied. He beat 2,000 other children to get one of the eight places.
“We went to London and he got to watch children’s programmes and adverts aimed at children and give his feedback.
“He had to say what he liked and didn’t like about them.
“He is very excited about the role and really proud of it. It’s quite a responsibility for him.”
The Kids Council is a first for the media industry, with children being called on to give their views about what their peers like to watch on TV.
They will help to make decisions about the type of programmes and characters they want to see.
Lucas will also have his say on children’s advertising and competitions aimed at youngsters.
Along with playing the guitar, Lucas loves to watch TV.
The active schoolboy’s favourite programme is the Power Rangers, a long-running action programme aimed at boys.
Mrs Senior added: “He didn’t know what to expect from the role but he really enjoyed it and has learned a lot from it too. “Given the chance he would watch TV all the time. But I make him do other activities; he has been learning karate and he plays the guitar.’’