Coronation Street producer Kate Oates has said more needs to be done in terms of increasing racial diversity among the soap's cast and crew.
Oates, who has been at the helm of the ITV serial drama for a year, has also said she was very aware that she had been "punishing the women" while working as a producer on rival soap Emmerdale, and that she did not want to repeat this on Corrie.
Oates said, to avoid the audience from disengaging, "there had to be journeys of triumph and strength".
Oates took over from previous Corrie series producer Stuart Blackburn, who was the soap's boss since 2013.
She has been hailed by fans for bringing back a number of popular Corrie characters including Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne), Toyah Battersby (Georgia Taylor) and Rosie Webster (Helen Flanagan), and also for giving the female cast heavy but empowering storylines.
Recent storylines on the soap have included Bethany Platt (Lucy Fallon) taking action after being groomed by her partner Nathan Curtis (Chris Harper) for a sex ring, and Eva Price (Catherine Tyldesley) plotting revenge on her cheating fiance Aidan Connor (Shayne Ward).