Thursday, October 21, 2004

All change at BBC drama

With top producer Gareth Neame set to leave, and John Yorke expected to return, it's all change at BBC TV drama HQ, reports Media Guardian (free registration required). All this in the wake of Mal Young's announcement that he will leave his job as Controller of Continuing Series at the end of the year.
Mr Yorke is understood to have held talks with BBC executives about returning to TV Centre. But it is not clear if he would be a direct replacement for Mr Young - who oversees shows including EastEnders, Casualty and Silent Witness - or take on slightly different responsibilities in the BBC drama department.

The BBC is thought to be considering splitting Mr Young's job, with one executive taking responsibility for the four year-round series and serials - EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City and daytime soap Doctors.

That would mean a second executive would oversee the long-running series Mr Young was responsible for, including Silent Witness, Judge John Deed and Waking the Dead.

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