Earls Court resident Carina Maggar, 22, is fronting a new online show for youngsters.
AN UP-and-coming TV presenter from Earls Court is on a mission to get young people talking about serious issues.
Carina Maggar, 22, is fronting a new online show called The 4.01, where she offers teenagers a platform to discuss topics such as sexuality, drug abuse, alcoholism as well as more lighthearted, irreverent topics.
The show, which is available online each Sunday at 4.01pm, uses social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to allow the viewer to get their opinions across.
A former student at More House School, in Pont Street, South Kensington, Ms Maggar said: “The 4.01 is a new entertainment show aiming to encourage young people to talk about any issues concerning them, but in a casual way.
“We’re currently on the third show and so far it’s been great. We’ve had a really positive reaction and have been drumming up a lot of conversation on our Facebook page. Fronting this show particularly appealed to me because I wasn’t always as confident as I could have been at school.
“But now I feel lucky to be in the position where I can help other young people to speak up and voice their opinions. It’s also a lot of fun putting questions to celebrities and chatting about deep and meaningful stuff.”
After gaining a degree in creative advertising Ms Maggar got her lucky break while on work experience with MTV last September.
Originally writing articles for the website, she soon found herself in front of the camera and felt comfortable.
She said: “Somehow I found my way in front of the camera and I really liked it. I began by interviewing the public and I found that I wasn’t that nervous.
“However when I interviewed my first celebrity I was terrified. It wasn’t about interviewing someone well known, I was just so excited about doing it right, but now it feels more comfortable.”
The 4.01 sees Ms Maggar and her co-host Jimmy Hill, travel all over the country, filming in different cities each week.
Among the celebrities she has interviewed for the show are musician Tyler James, who spoke about alcoholism, and young comedian Javone Prince.
To watch the first episode of The 4.01, visit http://youtu.be/PPBdYp_VPpg