'Emmerdale' boss takes to the cobbles of 'Corrie'
THE man heading 'Emmerdale' is to take over as the top figure on 'Coronation Street'.
Stuart Blackburn, who is overseeing the 40th anniversary celebrations for 'Emmerdale' with a live episode, will pop across the Pennines to take over as producer of Corrie in January.
Phil Collinson, who has produced Corrie since 2010, will move into a role developing new ITV drama from the broadcaster's base in Manchester.
Blackburn previously worked on 'Coronation Street' as story editor until he moved across to the equivalent position on the west Yorkshire soap in 2009. He became producer the following year and has been involved with memorable storylines such as Jackson's assisted suicide and will be in charge of the live edition on October 17.