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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 and The Guardian and in a book he wrote about the sport.

John Doyle
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Doyle in 2005
Born1957 (age 61–62)
ResidenceToronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationTelevision critic, author
OrganizationThe Globe and Mail


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.[citation needed]


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

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.[citation needed] His book about soccer, The World is a Ball: The Joy, Madness, and Meaning of Soccer (Doubleday Canada) was published in 2010. Doyle has covered three World Cup and three Euro tournaments and the Women's World Cup.[citation needed]

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 panned the Simpsons episode about Newfies saying it was tired and full of cliches about Canadians.[1] He was also derogatory about the show Workin' Moms saying he could not find anything funny about the bourgeois characters. CBC Radio columnist Kelly Clare responded that he just "doesn't get it".[2] He lauded the FX show Fosse/Verdon.[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.

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