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13/10/2015 07:39 BST | Updated 13/10/2015 07:59 BST

'Coronation Street' Cast 'Worry For Jobs', Following Appointment Of Kate Oates As Executive Producer

The cast of ‘Coronation Street’ are reportedly worried a future cull could see them unceremoniously axed from the ITV series.

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Last month, it was confirmed that the soap’s executive producer, Stuart Blackburn, was stepping aside, to be replaced by ‘Emmerdale’ boss, Kate Oates.

However, while the news of Stuart’s departure may have been music to the ears of some fans of the show, it seems that the soap’s stars are concerned this could lead to them facing the chop, particularly as it would appear that no one’s contract is safe.

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An insider tells The Sun: “With a new boss coming in and the threat of certain cliques being suddenly under threat, it’s made people a bit panicky.

“A few people have been raising the tentative question about their contracts being renewed or extended, but the answer has been it will all have to wait until the new year - and that has set a few nerves jangling.

“It’s probably the same every time someone new comes in, but it doesn’t help the younger and more vulnerable cast, especially in the current climate.”

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Several ‘Corrie’ stars have bid farewell to the cobbles in the past 12 months, including Craig Charles, Georgia May Foote and Hayley Tamaddon, with Ryan Thomas also announcing recently that he would be stepping down from the role of Jason Grimshaw in the near future.

Meanwhile, speaking about his own departure from the role of ‘Corrie’ executive producer, Stuart Blackburn said last month: “What a rollercoaster ride the last three years has been. We’ve met every challenge along the way and I can’t praise the cast, crew and writers highly enough for rising to the occasion with each storyline.

“I wish my friend Kate well in her role as she takes on one of the best jobs in television.”

‘Corrie’ is currently celebrating the success of its live episode, which coincided with ITV’s 60th anniversary.

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