Sunday 24 September 2017

I'll nurture Irish talent, says RTE's new king of comedy

Eddie Doyle
Eddie Doyle
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

COMMISSIONING home-grown sitcoms and nurturing new comic talent is on the agenda for RTE's newly appointed head of comedy.

Eddie Doyle, a 45-year-old Belfast native, was recently named Montrose's new king of comedy in his expanded role as head of comedy, music and talent development for TV and digital.

The former 'Sunday Business Post' journalist was a producer for Hatrick Production's comedy 'Room 101' and the BBC's 'The Sunday Show' and executive producer for RTE's flagship 'Prime Time Investigates' before being appointed commissioning editor for RTE Two in May 2011.

His love of comedy is partly responsible for RTE Two airing some of the state broadcaster's funniest shows in recent times, including 'Mrs Brown's Boys'.

Along with his plans to commission more Irish situation comedies, a key part of his strategy is to develop more partnerships with international broadcasters, such as the BBC.

"Instead of waving off some of the talent at the airport, we will try to partner with them," he said of the likes of Graham Norton and Dara O Briain.

Although his new role will not include an expanded budget to get more comedy on our screens, he said there were "creative" ways to get around the problem.

Irish Independent

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