John Doyle (critic)

John Doyle (born 1957) is the television critic with Canada's The Globe and Mail newspaper and an author. Doyle also covers major association football (soccer) events for the paper. His writing on soccer has also appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, the anthology Best Canadian Sports Writing (ECW Press, 2018) and for the soccer magazine Eight by Eight.

John Doyle
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Doyle in 2005
Born1957 (age 63–64)
OccupationTelevision critic, author

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Nenagh, County Tipperary in Ireland. As a child he moved to Dublin before emigrating to Canada in the 1980s.[1]


Doyle was first hired by The Globe and Mail to write for Broadcast Week, the paper's weekly television listings, as a columnist. In 2000, he was appointed the newspaper's daily television critic.[1]

In 2005, Doyle published his first book, the memoir: A Great Feast of Light: Growing Up Irish in the Television Age about his early life in deeply conservative rural Ireland. His book about soccer, The World is a Ball: The Joy, Madness, and Meaning of Soccer (Doubleday Canada) was a bestseller on publication in 2010. Doyle has covered multiple World Cup and Euro tournaments and the Women's World Cup.[1]

He has written essays for TV Quarterly (The Journal of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) and wrote the introduction to the book Rockburn: The CPAC Interviews (Penumbra Press, 2007). He was profiled in the book A Story To Be Told: Personal Reflections on the Irish Emigrant Experience in Canada (Liffey Press, Dublin, 2008).[citation needed]

Doyle is known to be a tough but fair critic, and particularly tough on Canadian content.[2] He has been a member of the Television Critics Association since 1996. In 2004 he was involved in a public disagreement with Bill O'Reilly, then of Fox News. O'Reilly complained about Doyle's writing on his TV show. The controversy was the subject of a feature story in the New York Times.[3]


  • Cover of the Canadian and US editions of A Great Feast of Light
    Cover of the US edition of The World is a Ball
    Doyle, John (2005). A Great Feast of Light: Growing Up Irish in the Television Age. Random House of Canada. ISBN 978-0-385-66042-6.
  •  ———  (2010). The World is a Ball: The Joy, Madness and Meaning of Soccer. Doubleday Canada. ISBN 978-0-385-66498-1.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "John Doyle". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  2. ^ "John Doyle - Where is Canada in the golden age of TV?". The Globe and Mail. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  3. ^ Clifford Krauss (25 April 2004). "Word for Word/Border Bickering; When a Canadian Insults Fox News, Them's [Expletive] Fighting Words!". New York Times. Retrieved 25 June 2020.

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