EastEnders boss Oliver Kent is leaving the BBC

But what does this mean for our favourite soaps?

The boss of EastEnders, Holby City and Casualty has announced he is leaving the BBC after more than 20 years.

Oliver Kent has decided to step down from his role as the Head of Continuing Drama for BBC Studios in a bid to explore new career opportunities.

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Oliver Kent has quit the Beeb (Credit: BBC)

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Mark Linsey, Chief Creative Officer for BBC Studios, has confirmed Oliver’s departure and thanked him for his huge contribution to the Beeb and his commitment to making the BBC “more diverse and inclusive”.

He told Digital Spy: “We would like to thank Ollie for his significant contribution to BBC Studios’ continuing drama.

“Under his watch, we have seen some huge programmes, fantastic storylines, incredible one-offs and numerous awards.”

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Bye Ollie! (Credit: BBC)

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He added: “During his time in the role, he oversaw the successful win of two tenders, securing Holby City and Doctors within the BBC Studios portfolio.

“In addition, his commitment to making BBC Studios and our programmes more diverse and inclusive must be recognised and celebrated. We wish him all the best for the future.”

Oliver first joined the BBC in 1996 and went on to become the Executive Producer on Holby City and Casualty from 2013.

EastEnders SPOILER: Dark storyline coming that scares new boss Kate Oates
Kate Oates has recently moved from Corrie to EastEnders (Credit: ITV)

Former Coronation Street boss Kate Oates recently took over as Senior Executive Producer on EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City.

She will report to the new Head of Continuing Drama once a person has been appointed.

As changes ripple behind the scenes of some of our fave BBC soaps, fans can be reassured they’ll be no changes on-screen…

Just the usual murder, mischief and mayhem!

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