It's official, Kate Oates is leaving.

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    I'm disappointed because I thought she brought so much more to the show than the previous two guys.



    Coronation Street producer Kate Oates has confirmed that she's leaving the ITV soap.

    Kate, who replaced Stuart Blackburn in the top job two years ago, confirmed the news in an official statement today (April 24) – explaining that she's "excited" to move forward.

    Current Emmerdale boss Iain MacLeod will take over as producer of Coronation Street, with the changes taking effect from June.

    Kate is moving to work with ITV Studios-owned label Tall Story Pictures, where she'll produce the upcoming second series of Bancroft, starring Sarah Parish.

    Speaking today, Kate explained: "Being a part of Coronation Street has quite simply been one of the best experiences of my life. I am proud of the stories we have told and the impact they have had – and I've had a ball working with one of the best and most talented teams in television.

    "I'll be forever grateful for this opportunity and all it has given me, but I'm also excited to try something new. I can't wait to make a start on Bancroft, working with the brilliant Sarah Parish and Tall Story Pictures – and I'll continue to love watching both ITV soaps from the comfort of my sofa."

    Iain MacLeod added: "Working on Emmerdale at a time when it's enjoyed such success has been a total joy and I will miss the people and the place immensely – it's a special show full of huge talent.

    "Only Corrie could have tempted me away. It gave me my first job in TV as an assistant researcher many years ago and to be returning as producer is the fulfilment of a long-standing dream.

    "It'll be like a reunion with an old friend and I look forward to continuing the amazing work already being done by everyone connected with the show."

    Although Kate's tenure as Corrie producer has been divisive, storylines such as Bethany Platt's grooming ordeal and Pat Phelan's reign of terror have drawn in some of the show's highest viewing figures in years.

    However, the news of Kate's departure also follows a number of public criticisms, and defences, over the show's recent focus on 'dark' plotlines, including most recently the rape of David Platt.

    John Whiston, ITV Studios' Creative Director for Coronation Street and Emmerdale, has now spoken out about the producer changeover.

    He said: "There's a lot to praise here! Kate Oates has transformed Coronation Street during her tenure. This has been reflected both in the huge critical acclaim the show has been getting and in the ratings. We are now used to opening the overnights and seeing Coronation Street has delivered its highest ratings for many years, a herculean achievement in this box set era.

    "Kate has done this whilst putting on screen some groundbreaking and socially important stories such as the Bethany grooming story and David's rape story. It is a testament to her brilliant editorial touch that these stories, though difficult, have been both credible and engaging.
     
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