John Doyle (critic)

John Doyle (critic)

John Doyle (born 1957) is one of the two television critics (along with Andrew Ryan) with Canada's "The Globe and Mail" newspaper. Doyle also covers major football events for the paper.

He was born in Nenagh, County Tipperary in Ireland. As a teenager he moved to Dublin before emigrating to Canada in the 1980s. A writer he has written a number of books about his early life in deeply conservative rural Ireland. He was first hired by the Globe to write for "Broadcast Week", the paper's weekly television listings, as a columnist. In 1997 he moved to the newspaper itself, which unlike "Broadcast Week" is published across the country. In 2000 he was appointed the Globe's daily television critic.

Well known for his wit and irony in 2004 Doyle would make a discovery that would bring him to international renown. In April 2004 Doyle penned a column titled "Who's afraid of the big bad Fox? Certainly not us [] " mocking FOX News. To Doyle's surprise the column was posted on many conservative newsgroups and forums, such as Free Republic, and he was bombarded by hate mail. This mail was filled with enough examples of stupidity and ridiculousness that it provided material for several more columns such as "Fox News. Not here yet, but already hilarious [] ." These columns drew more angry e-mails from south of the border providing fodder for even more columns. Doyle has continued penning such columns as "Hell looks an awful lot like the Republican convention [] " as popular with his Canadian readership as they are loathed by American conservatives.

In 2005, Doyle published a memoir: "A Great Feast of Light: Growing Up Irish in the Television Age".


* cite book
title = A Great Feast of Light: Growing Up Irish in the Television Age
author = John Doyle
year = 2005
publisher = Random House of Canada
id = ISBN 0-385-66042-1 (hardcover); ISBN 0-385-66043-X (paperback)

External links

* [ Author page at Random House of Canada]
* [ Audio interview re: A Great Feast of Light: June 2007]

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