Oliver Kent to run Casualty and Holby
Oliver Kent has been chosen to run BBC One's Casualty and Holby City.
He takes over in March as executive producer of the two dramas from Johnathan Young.
Kent has history with both shows; a former series producer of Casualty, he currently holds the same position at Holby City. He started at BBC continuing dramas 17 years ago as a runner.
He will split his time between Elstree, where Holby is made, and the Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff where Casualty has its purpose built studios.
Kate Harwood, head of drama production England, said Kent would be 'a great new leader' for the two shows.
Kent, who will report to both Harwood and Clare Hudson, head of Wales Productions, said: 'Over many years I have grown to love both programmes equally and am really excited at the prospect of working with the brilliant teams in Elstree and Roath Lock.'
Both programmes continue to be popular fixtures in the schedule. Saturday's episode of Casualty, the programme set in a hospital emergency ward that was first aired in 1986, drew an audience of 4.98m, a 22.3% share.
Spin-off Holby City, which started in 1999, attracted 4.99m viewers on Tuesday, a 21.5% share.
Kent said: 'I am inheriting two shows in great shape and I can't wait to get started.'