Lorraine Newman confirms she'll stay on as Executive Producer

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Lorraine Newman has confirmed that she will take on the role of EastEnders Executive Producer permanently.

Lorraine's risen up the ranks in EastEnders since she first joined as a Script Secretary. She had this to say:

"It is an absolute honour to be taking on the role of Executive Producer at EastEnders on a permanent basis. My passion for EastEnders was ignited during my first stint on the show as Script Secretary at the age of 19. And this passion has continued to grow ever since. I am looking forward to leading a talented creative team, cast and crew into 2013."

John Yorke, Controller of BBC Drama adds: "Over the last few months Lorraine Newman has steered the show through a period of considerable change, and she's done an amazing job positioning the show for one of the most exciting autumns I can remember.

Starting as a script secretary she has risen through the ranks, finding herself as Series Producer and second in command for the last seven years. With her depth of experience, her passion for the programme and her commitment to talent on-screen and off, she's the perfect person to take EastEnders forward."

Congratulations, Lorraine! Now who's intrigued by this mention of an exciting Autumn...

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