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BBC's Maggie always kept me on track

Fond farewell: Maggie Doyle with Hugo at her leaving party
Fond farewell: Maggie Doyle with Hugo at her leaving party

By Hugo Duncan

This week we said goodbye to Maggie Doyle, who has spent the past 35 years as a senior producer and editor with BBC Northern Ireland.

I always found her to be pleasant, helpful and a great source of encouragement. Mind you, no-one took any liberties with her.

I always felt the personable Maggie had two voices - one a light, airy tone and the other a more subdued, rather deeper voice, which she only used when pointing out the errors of their ways to someone like me.

The manner in which she guided me in my career has made me forever grateful to her. She was very professional, knowledgeable and diligent, but she was also warm and affectionate.

It was a great honour for me to make a presentation to her at a farewell party held in her honour.

Veteran broadcaster John Bennett presented a special This Is Your Life in honour of Maggie and this certainly proved a big hit with all the gang who were present.

Jo, Mary, Gillian and the rest, just like me, had come to appreciate Maggie's attributes and her enormous contribution to BBC NI.

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I have always regarded it as a privilege to have come under Maggie's wing and she will now go into a well-deserved retirement, along with her husband, Linley Hamilton, who is one of the best-known musicians in Northern Ireland.

I understand that the couple will be moving into a new home in midsummer and I wish them every health and happiness for the future.

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