John is responsible for all of BBC Television Productions' continuing drama series, which include EastEnders, Casualty, Doctors and Holby City.
John is also responsible for all writer, director and producer training within the BBC's Drama department.
John is the founder and manager of the Writers Academy, which develops new writing talent for both the BBC and the wider UK television drama industry.
In addition, John executive produces single films and series across the BBC slate.
Salary and total remuneration
Salary: £240,500 Total remuneration: £248,300
These details were last updated in June 2012 when John Yorke's salary and remuneration were last adjusted.
Last updated October 2009
John Yorke graduated from Newcastle University with First Class Honours in English Literature and worked as a theatre director until joining the BBC in 1986.
Working first as a studio manager, then variously as a Music and Radio Drama producer, he moved to television and EastEnders in 1994.
After four years on the show he went on to storyline Casualty and produce Tony Jordan's first primetime show City Central before coming back to executive produce EastEnders from 2000 until 2003.
He then became Deputy Head of BBC Drama before joining Channel 4 as Head of Drama, commissioning Shameless, The Deal, Sex Traffic, Not Only But Always and Omagh.
In 2004 he returned to the BBC as Controller of Continuing Drama & Head of Independent Drama, commissioning and/or executive producing Life On Mars, Bodies, Waterloo Road and many more as well as overseeing the four long-running series EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty and Doctors.
In his role as Controller, Drama Production, John continues to oversee the long-runners, as well as executive producing single dramas including The Curse Of Steptoe, Hughie Greene – Most Sincerely; Consuming Passion; Breaking The Mould; 39 Steps and the recent daytime drama, Land Girls.
In his capacity as Head of New Talent John also created and runs the BBC Writers Academy, now in its fifth year – the first full-time training course for new writers in the UK that guarantees primetime television commissions. Many of the graduates now work not only for Continuing Drama but shows as diverse as Shameless and Wild At Heart.
He set up and continues to run Producer and Director training programmes across the industry, lectures widely across the UK on working for television and is Visiting Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
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