Corrie’s Executive Producer Kate Oates joins BBC Studios as Senior Executive Producer

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Corrie’s Executive Producer Kate Oates joins BBC Studios as Senior Executive Producer on EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City.

Corrie’s Executive Producer Kate Oates ©ITV

Kate Oates, the highly regarded and multi award-winning former producer of Coronation Street and Emmerdale is to join BBC Studios as Senior Executive Producer, overseeing primetime continuing dramas EastEnders, Holby City and Casualty.

Kate Oates said: “Working across EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City is an amazing opportunity for me to have creative input into three of the UK’s leading dramas. I’m excited about meeting the teams and talent behind each show and can’t wait to get stuck in and tell some unmissable stories.”

Mark Linsey, CCO, BBC Studios, said: “Kate is a dynamic, passionate and creative storyteller and I couldn’t be more thrilled that she’s joining BBC Studios to work with our fantastic teams at EastEnders, Holby City and Casualty. At EastEnders, she will be taking the baton from John Yorke, who stepped in to run the show on a temporary basis in June 2017. I’d like to personally thank him for the great job he’s done during this interim period. John will continue to work together with Kate to ensure a smooth handover until the end of the year, and we will be announcing his next role with us in the coming weeks.”

Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content, said: “Kate Oates is a really thrilling appointment; she has a real passion for soaps and I have no doubt that her experience, creative flair and dynamism will excite the next generation of BBC One soap fans. I would like to thank John Yorke for everything he has done over the last year on EastEnders and I look forward to seeing Kate take over the creative baton.”

Piers Wenger, Controller, BBC Drama, said: “Kate’s track record for making continuing drama the nation’s most talked about TV is unrivalled and we are thrilled to welcome her dynamic creative leadership to EastEnders, Holby City and Casualty. Working closely with John Yorke in the coming months, we are particularly excited to see Kate unveil her plans for the residents of Albert Square. She’s going to be brilliant.”

Kate started her career as a researcher and editorial assistant for writer Germaine Greer before joining Carlton Television as a researcher and script editor for Crossroads. In 2003 she began producing BBC Radio 4 soap The Archers, leaving in 2010 to join Emmerdale. At Emmerdale, she rose from story editor to series producer, before moving across to produce Coronation Street in 2016. She left earlier this year and is currently producing the second series of Bancroft for ITV. Kate will report into Oliver Kent, Head of Continuing Drama Series and takes up her role in October.

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