Kate Oates becomes ‘Emmerdale’ Producer, replaces Stuart Blackburn


Former Producer of BBC Radio 4‘s The Archers, , has been named the new producer of .

Oates – who has previously worked on the soap as a Story Editor, and also as an Assistant Producer on Coronation Street – will replace the outgoing from January 2013.

She commented: “I’m delighted to be ’s new Producer as I’m passionate about the programme and everyone who works on the show. I feel very lucky to be returning to such a wonderfully successful show. I’m in awe of the cast, crew and writing team and it’s a privilege to be renewing my working relationship with everyone.”

I’m delighted to be ’s new Producer.

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Creative Director of Soaps for Studios, John Whiston, added: “Kate swept into  a couple of years ago with a deadly combination of determination and brio. She soon proved her worth to the show working on stories that ranged from the extremely tough (Jackson’s assisted suicide) to the light and funny.

“It is great that she is ping ponging back over the Pennines from her recent stint on Coronation Street to a show on which, by both inspiration and sheer hard work, she has won herself many admirers. I can’t think of many people more in tune with the vibrant spirit of modern  than Kate. And I can think of even fewer able to keep it that way as it heads into its 40s.”

Watch the trailer for ‘s 40th Birthday celebrations below.


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