Eddie Doyle has been named head of BBC NI Commissioning, providing audiences with television and digital content that reflects all aspects of life in Northern Ireland.
The role will see Eddie commission content across a range of genres outside of news and current affairs, including factual, entertainment, comedy, music and events. He will 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.
Eddie Doyle joined BBC Northern Ireland as Head of Content Production in February 2018. In this role, Eddie has 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.
Peter Johnston, Director BBC NI, says: “Since joining BBC Northern Ireland in 2018 as Head of Content Production, 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.”
Eddie says: “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. This is a great role, it’s a fantastic time to be taking it on and I’m really keen to get cracking!”
Prior to joining the BBC, Eddie was Head of Factual, Comedy, Talent Development and Music at RTÉ 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. He launched the Prime Time Investigates series, the Format Farm commissioning scheme and the Reality Bites youth documentary series. He devised and delivered the RTÉ Cross Platform Strategy on Comedy in 2014 and RTÉ2 Channel Strategy in 2012 and the RTÉ/Irish Film Board Export Initiative in 2017.
The appointment replaces former Head of Content Commissioning Susan Lovell, who recently joined the BBC leadership and development team based in London.