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BBC NI appoint Eddie Doyle Head of Content Commissioning

New BBC Northern Ireland Head of Content Commissioning Eddie Doyle.
New BBC Northern Ireland Head of Content Commissioning Eddie Doyle.

BBC Northern Ireland has appointed Eddie Doyle as its new Head of Content Commissioning.

Mr Doyle replaces Susan Lovell who recently joined the BBC Leadership and Development team based in London.

Reporting to the BBC Northern Ireland Director Peter Johnston, Mr Doyle will be tasked to lead BBC NI Commissioning in providing audiences with television and digital content that reflects all aspects of life in Northern Ireland. 

The role will see him commission content across a range of genres outside of news and current affairs, including factual, entertainment, comedy, music and events.

Mr Doyle will be expected to provide strategic and editorial leadership to the BBC NI commissioning team and work closely with external partners, BBC network commissioning, independent production companies and the wider Northern Ireland creative sector.

He joined BBC Northern Ireland as Head of Content Production in February 2018.

In this role Mr Doyle worked with BBC Three and Northern Ireland Screen to develop a new strategy for the Northern Irish sector, in the production of digital content for younger audiences. 

He has also restructured in-house production teams, launched new programming in the sport, documentary, arts and comedy areas and has worked to deliver change to the BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle schedules.

Prior to joining the BBC, Eddie was Head of Factual, Comedy, Talent Development and Music at RTE where he commissioned Comedy, Drama and Entertainment programmes such as ‘Mrs Browns Boys’, ‘The Young Offenders’,  and ‘The Tommy Tiernan Show’.

His documentary commissions, include ‘Whistleblower: The Maurice McCabe Story’, ‘The Man Who Wanted to Fly", and 'The Notorious Conor McGregor'.

Mr Doyle said he was delighted with his new role.

“Northern Ireland is teeming with exciting, ambitious creative people. At BBC Northern Ireland, we have a clear strategic vision of how we can best utilise that talent in the production of highly impactful and entertaining public service programming for all our audiences," he said.

"This is a great role, it's a fantastic time to be taking it on and I'm really keen to get cracking!"

Mr Johnson said that Mr Doyle had proved a great addition to the BBC.

"Eddie has demonstrated great vision, creativity and enthusiasm in his role. He has a real passion for public service broadcasting and knows how to develop great content. I’m excited to see what he brings to the role,” he said.

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