Coronation Street’s Executive Producer, Kieran Roberts, has decided to leave ITV after 16 years with the programme and nearly 34 years with the broadcaster.
“This has been a huge and very difficult decision and it’s one I have been thinking about for more than a year,” said Kieran.
When Coronation Street announced the production of a sixth weekly episode last summer, Kieran put his decision on hold.
“When the move to six episodes was announced I knew I should stay to help make that happen,” he added.
With the new double Wednesday episodes successfully launched last week, and the production of the episode firmly established, he’s now decided to step down at the end of the year.
“I’ve been incredibly lucky to have worked on so many wonderful programmes and with so many brilliant colleagues during my time at ITV. Coronation Street is a special place and it’s been a huge privilege working on such an amazing programme with the greatest team in television,” said Kieran.
During his time with the broadcaster, Kieran was Creative Director for drama produced from the northern-based production team.
In that role he has overseen production of Blue Murder, BAFTA winning The Road to Coronation Street, Mobile, Cold Blood, The Trials of Jimmy Rose, Midwinter of the Spirit and Tina and Bobby.
A former producer of both Coronation Street and Emmerdale, Kieran also won a BAFTA with the Yorkshire based soap in 2001.
In tribute to Kieran, John Whiston, Managing Director of Continuing Drama and Head of ITV in the North for ITV Studios commented:
“Kieran has brought to both Coronation Street and Emmerdale his unrivalled eye for story and character and his own particular humour and humanity. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone in ITV who doesn’t deeply respect and admire Kieran. He’s one of the most conscientious, hardworking, clever and humane colleagues one could ever hope to have. Ally this to one of the keenest editorial eyes in the business and you have the consummate television executive.
"ITV has been fortunate to have him devoting his incredible energy, talent and his working life to the company for as long as he has.”